Nevada City council to revisit B&B ordinance |

Nevada City council to revisit B&B ordinance

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What: Nevada City Council meeting

When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 25

Where: City Council Chambers, 317 Broad St., Nevada City

The Nevada City council will hold a public hearing Wednesday night to vote on a proposed bed-and-breakfast ordinance that prohibits the establishment of new facilities in residential zones, ensuring due process procedures for non-conforming B&Bs that are subject to revocation due to inactivity.

“If they adopt the ordinance, with or without changes by a majority vote, it would adopt the ordinance,” City Manager Mark Prestwich said. “If they wanted to ever change the ordinance they could, down the road … But the recommendation is to adopt the ordinance.”

The initiative was first adopted by the council in January as a 45-day urgency interim ordinance, though it was eventually extended through the end of the year, or until the city and council were able to provide further analysis to revisit the policy and vote on it as a permanent ordinance.

Last week, the city’s Planning Commission reviewed the ordinance and unanimously voted that the ordinance not be adopted by the city council.

On Wednesday, though, the council will have the final say.

Aside from Airbnb policy, which was discussed at a March 4 city council meeting, B&B rentals have been an ongoing topic of discussion in Nevada City over the years.

In November 1994, voters approved Measure F, which removed city policy that regulated short-term rentals of more than one week and less than 30 days in the area. Exceptions have been made over the years, including in October 2014, when a former B&B facility known as Kendall House was granted a permit to reopen for business.

The city has also worked through impending lawsuits in reference to B&Bs in neighborhoods from a local group called Friends of Spring Street, while also dealing with further settlement talks with a group known as Friends of Nevada City.

According to the ordinance, non-conforming B&Bs would be reviewed in a due process hearing with the city to decide whether permits would be revoked. The policy also states B&Bs with alleged inactivity for more than a year could be considered non-conforming pending city review.

In other business, council members will review a limited temporary seating plan for Nevada City’s Robinson Plaza.

At a Jan. 28 meeting, the council agreed to place two tables with chairs in the plaza for a trial period from June 1 through Oct. 31 of this year.

Council members asked city staff to put together a summary of responsibilities and procedures for the seating, to bring back to the council.

“We’re just providing them what they asked for,” said Prestwich, “It’s pretty straightforward. We’re providing a photograph that depicts what it would actually look like and it showcases the plaza.”

To contact Staff Writer Ivan Natividad, email or call 530-477-4236.

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