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Impact report may be amended

The Bel Air shopping center planned for southern Nevada County is going to cause traffic jams if changes aren’t made to the project’s environmental impact report, county planners said.

FHK Companies of Sacramento wants to scale back the size and zoning of the development, Higgins Marketplace, in order relieve traffic in the highly congested area of Combie Road.

Today, supervisors will decide whether to amend a contract with a consulting firm to prepare a new environmental impact report with the proposed changes in place.



A 60,000-square-foot supermarket and space for two fast-food restaurants included in the original plans will remain. The project will be slightly behind the Longs Drugs.

“The project-related traffic impacts would be substantial,” wrote Planning Director Randy Wilson in a February letter to the Board of Supervisors.




Other items on the agenda include:

• Waste-water treatment renewal contracts for the Longs Drug shopping center on Combie Road and the trucked removal of sludge from Lake Wildwood to a disposal site in Manteca.

• Resolution accepting Office of Homeland Security grant money to protect the elderly from abuse.

• Acceptance of a proposal by the Nevada County Land Trust to change the use of $50,000 in Prop. 40 funds originally promised for building trails and a bathroom at the Julia Morgan North Star House for use building the Wolf Creek Trail south of Glenn Jones Park.

• Countywide audit reports for Fiscal Year 2005-2006.

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To contact Staff Writer Laura Brown, e-mail laurab@theunion.com or call 477-4231.


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