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NC will sell land to developer to screen hotel

Nevada City intends to sell a strip of land to screen a future hotel on Hollow Way from view of traffic, part of a settlement agreement reached in January with a group that had sought to stop the project.

The Nevada City City Council on Monday unanimously voted to sell the land for $32,700 to the hotel’s developer, S..S. & G., LLC. Under state law, the actual sale cannot take place for another 60 days, city attorney Jim Anderson told the council.

Under the settlement agreement, S.S. & G. also agreed to downsize the future Nevada City Hotel from 72 rooms to 68 and to meet city fire access and safety requirements.

The settlement with the group Friends of Nevada City requires the council to consider new rules to improve its planning approval process.

The council started the process Monday by unanimously passing a resolution requiring city officials to advertise architectural review meetings to residents who live within 300 feet of any proposed project; to have the fire marshal prepare a fire safety report on projects before the council and Planning Commission; and to have property owners approve planning applications themselves, instead of having an architect or someone else do it in their stead, before applications come before the commission and City Council.

Those policies just seem to make common sense, said P. Scott Browne, attorney for Friends of Nevada City.

The council also voted to ban parking on Hollow Way near the hotel.

In another matter, the council voted to spend $26,872 to contract with Basic Laboratory Inc. of Redding for one year to perform state-mandated tests at the waste-water treatment plant.

The quarterly water-quality tests on the plant’s effluent and Deer Creek, the creek that runs nearby, need to be completed by March 2003 to meet a state deadline. Some 150 tests will be done, city officials said.

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