NC Council to rule on Clay Street project |

NC Council to rule on Clay Street project

The Nevada City City Council will decide tonight whether an addition can be added to the rear of a house built in the 1920s on Clay Street.

Susan Dunn wants to construct a 956-square-foot addition to the rear of the one-bedroom house. She also wants to remove sections of the 1,080-square-foot house that she says are rotten. The front of the house would be rebuilt to look exactly as it currently appears, Dunn and her architect, Barbara Crowell of Alta, have repeatedly said.

It is a simply built cabin, Dunn said Friday – the foundation is inadequate and the walls have no insulation.

The Nevada City Planning Commission on Jan. 10 denied Dunn’s application by a 3-2 vote, saying the proposed addition is too big and should only be 300 to 400 square feet. Commissioners Harry Stewart and Ruth Poulter voted against the majority.

Dunn said she needs a 2,000-square-foot house for herself and her two children, and adding 300 to 400 square feet will not provide enough living space.

In her appeal letter, Crowell said the Planning Commission did not fully study the merits of the project. The commissioners continually spoke only about broad-based ideological concerns, she said.

Planning Commission Chairman Conley Weaver declined comment.

“I will make no comment on appeals before the City Council. It’s my policy,” Weaver said Sunday.

Know and Go

WHAT: Nevada City City Council

WHEN: 7 p.m. today

WHERE: Council Chambers, City Hall, 317 Broad St.


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