NC rejects request for house addition |

NC rejects request for house addition

A proposed addition to a one-bedroom house on Clay Street is too big and should not be built, the Nevada City City Council voted Monday.

The vote was 3-1. Councilman David McKay, a Clay Street resident, abstained.

Susan Dunn of Blue Lake in Humboldt County wanted to build a 950-square-foot addition to the rear of the 1,080-square-foot house some called a cabin. The house, built in the 1920s, is too small for her and her two children, she said. Dunn hopes to move to Nevada City, she said.

Dunn wanted to tear down sections of the house she said could not be saved and reconstruct the building. The front would be rebuilt to look the same, she said.

Dunn asked the City Council Monday to reverse the Planning Commission’s decision last month to turn down her proposal.

The commission on Jan. 10 voted against Dunn’s plans, saying the proposed expansion was massive for the size of the house. The vote was 3-2, with commissioners Ruth Poulter and Harry Stewart voting against the majority.

“I had no idea how tight the regulations could be in Nevada City,” Dunn told the City Council.

Dunn’s architect, Barbara Crowell of Alta, called the project a very reasonable request.

“This is not a monster home,” Crowell said.

Several residents spoke for and against the proposal.

City Councilman Steve Cottrell said he tried to find a way to make the project work within the city’s rules.

“I just couldn’t do it,” he said before the vote. “I don’t think the house meets the standards for the demolition. I do believe in property rights.”

Councilman Tom Balch said he liked Dunn’s proposal. “I like your ideas,” he said before voting in Dunn’s favor.

How they voted

Motion upholding the Planning Commission vote to deny Susan Dunn the right to build an addition to her cabin.

Kerry Arnett…………Yes

Tom Balch ……………No

Steve Cottrell………Yes

Pat Dyer …………….Yes

David McKay…..Abstain

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