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Housing plan to go to Supes

County supervisors will be asked to vote today on the Wildwood Ridge development project, even though details remain to be worked out as to how the required affordable housing portion will be handled.

Among the details are the fate of 12 affordable, over-the-garage apartments that are expected to be built. They would be rented at affordable rates to low-income and very-low-income tenants, according to the developer’s current plan.

However, the development agreement that supervisors will vote on does not guarantee that any of the 12 affordable rental units will ever go on the rental market. Nevertheless, they are among 36 affordable units that are considered to satisfy the county requirement that 10 percent of the development’s units be affordable.

The development agreement, reached between the developer and county planning commissioners last week for the Wildwood Ridge Phases 2-4 project, will go before the Nevada County Board of Supervisors at 1:30 p.m.

The development agreement guarantees to the builder that the county will not change its planning and development policies or its requirements for the project.

Supervisors also will vote on whether to approve a zoning change that will allow for more open space in the project than originally planned. The map from the failed Wildwood Estates project called for 30 acres of open space. The current project plans for 80 acres of open space, mostly in areas too steep for building; that requires a different zoning to be consistent with the county zoning map for that parcel.

The current plan calls for building 383 units on 352 lots on nearly 207 acres just north of Lake Wildwood. Of those, 36 would be available at affordable rates.

Of those affordable units, 12 would be the over-the-garage apartments. The developer estimated those rental rates would be between $585 to $650 monthly.

Another 24 affordable units would be half-plexes – that is, half of a duplex – sold at market rates. The developer estimated they would sell at between $215,000 and $300,000.

The developer, Brian Masterman of S&Y Capital Group LLC of Los Angeles, has been working with county planners on the details of how those units would be designed and managed. He will come back to the planning commission by mid-March with more information.

The development plan, however, does not set in stone the composition of the affordable housing, how much the units will be rented or sold for, who will get them or how they will be managed.

Currently, three housing developments in the unincorporated areas of the county have the higher densities that trigger the county’s requirement for affordable housing, county Planning Director Randy Wilson said.

Together, they are expected to provide 71 units of affordable rental and purchase housing. The other two projects are Villa Bellaggio, across the road from Lake Wildwood, and DarkHorse, next to Lake of the Pines.


To contact staff writer Trina Kleist, e-mail trinak@theunion.com or call 477-4231.

WHAT: Nevada County Board of Supervisors meeting

WHEN: 9 a.m. today

WHERE: Eric Rood Administrative Center, 950 Maidu Ave., Nevada City

AGENDA: Wildwood Ridge II; 2006 objectives and goals; resolution requesting Gov. Schwarzenegger and legislature to include widening of Highway 49 in the 2006 General Obligation Bond Proposal; request to send letter to Caltrans requesting permission to vacate portion of Highway 37 Stock Trail easement on private property owned by Mr. Frank Cadjew.

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