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Housing proposal debate heats up

The Deer Creek Park II proposal, one of the most contentious issues in Nevada City, is again set for public debate.

Appeals filed against the Deer Creek Park II Environmental Impact Report will be heard by the Nevada County Board of Supervisors Tuesday at the Rood Center.

Three appeals have been filed opposing the Nevada County Planning Commission’s certification of the EIR in August. Critics contend the report does not fully address the increased traffic, pollution and infrastructure demands of the proposed 193-lot development east of Nevada City.



“We believe the EIR is inadequate and they need to send it back,” said Nevada City Councilor Barbara Coffman, liaison to the project for the Nevada City government. Nevada City has hired an outside attorney from Shute, Mihaly and Weinberger in San Francisco to help contest the project.

One of Nevada City’s concerns is that Deer Creek Park II would pose problems during an emergency evacuation in an area prone to fire risk. Another is the impact that Deer Creek Park II and its septic systems would have on Deer Creek, a major source of water for Nevada City residents.




Coffman estimated the project would bring an estimated 2,000 additional trips per day through Boulder Street, a narrow residential road, increasing traffic and noise levels.

Two other groups that filed appeals are led by Abigail Givens for Friends of Banner Mountain Trail and Laurie Oberholtzer for Banner Mountain Homeowner’s Association. Other organizations listed under those appeals include the Federation of Neighborhood Associations and Citizens Concerned About Traffic and Rural Quality Coalition.

The Planning Commission certified, on Aug. 3, the environmental report for “subdivision of the 580 acres into 193 clustered residential lots, with 422 acres of timbered open space.” The property is located on the south side of Red Dog Road and the proposed project garnered 126 comments to the Planning Commission prior to meeting where the EIR was certified.

Tuesday’s meeting begins at 9 a.m. at the Rood Center, 950 Maidu Ave., Nevada City.

For more information on this project, visit the Planning Commission’s file at https://docs.co.nevada.ca.us/dscgi/ds.py/View/Collection-2827

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To reach Staff Writer Josh Singer, e-mail joshs@theunion.com or call 477-4234.


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