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Nevada City Council approves new design guidelines

Nevada City Council members on Wednesday unanimously approved proposed amendments to the city’s design guidelines as recommended by the Planning Commission and city staff.

“I think it was absolutely timely to do this,” Mayor Jennifer Ray said. “I think this is a good pass at updating things. I think the inclusion of pictures is wonderful. We need to keep the consistency and the devotion to doing it right.”

In May, the commission reviewed the city’s new design guidelines, which update the existing architectural review section initially adopted in 1995.



In July, the Nevada City Planning Commission approved the guidelines, sending them to the city council for final review.

Wednesday’s approved guidelines aim to clarify what is expected of applicants during the city’s architectural review process, by providing suggestions and a guide to assist them in designing projects more likely to be approved.




“We’ve added several items as far as development standards and as many photographs as we can to help the city and its applicants,” City Planner Cindy Siegfried said. “I think they are helpful and I would like them to be available, and on our website.”

The council on Wednesday also approved a 15-year extension agreement between the city and property owners for the Nevada City Tech Center on Providence Mine Road.

On Wednesday, council members also approved a League of Women Voters request to use the city’s council chambers for future electoral debates.

Consent items passed on Wednesday include a motion for a memorial bench for local teacher Donna Rocker at Pioneer Park, and the hire of new City Planner.

Council members also approved a resolution to authorize the city to sign a letter of support for Sierra Streams Institute to seek funding for fire clearing at Hirschman’s Pond will also be discussed.

On Tuesday, Mayor Jennifer Ray announced a proclamation for the 150th anniversary of the Nevada City Theatre.

In closed session, the council held a conference with the city’s legal staff to discuss a settlement request regarding the pending worker’s compensation claim by James Fowler against the city.

Ancillary to agenda items, during public comment several local residents addressed the council with concerns over council member conduct in the previous council meeting, while discussing the Amgen Tour debt.

Council member Terri Andersen’s husband Tom Andersen, a former police officer, specifically scrutinized council member Robert Bergman asking him to “put on your big boy pants” suggesting that he “stop acting like a 10-year-old.”

Following the meeting, Mayor Ray and council member Bergman did not wish to comment on what was said during the public hearing.

To contact Staff Writer Ivan Natividad, email inatividad@theunion.com or call 530-477-4236.


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