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Nevada City Council to talk design guidelines, tech center contract

Nevada City Council members will meet at 6:30 p.m. today to vote on the potential approval of a 15-year contract extension for the Nevada City Tech Center. The council will also hold a public hearing to consider amending the city’s current design guidelines.

In 2013, the Nevada City Planning Commission held workshops to update the guidelines, and city staff took feedback from those meetings to reformat the guidelines, adding historical photographs, and sections related to site design, historical discussion, and restoration and demolition of buildings.

In May, the commission reviewed the city’s new updated design guidelines, which also aim to update the existing architectural review section initially adopted in 1995. At a June meeting, commissioners encouraged the public to give the city additional feedback.

In July, the Nevada City Planning Commission approved the city’s new design guidelines, sending them to the city council for final review on Wednesday.

Council members will also hold a public hearing to consider a 15-year extension agreement between the city and property owners for the Nevada City Tech Center on Providence Mine Road.

The initial agreement began in 2000 and extends till January 2016.

The 112-acre property formerly housed Grass Valley, a Belden brand, prior to the company consolidating its facilities in Grass Valley. The extension was previously approved by the planning commission in July.

Consent items that will be passed Wednesday include a motion to approve a memorial bench for local teacher Donna Rocker at Pioneer Park, and the approval of the hire of new City Planner Tonya Ward.

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, council members will also announce a proclamation for the 150th anniversary of the Nevada City Theatre. A ceremony will also be held to swear in the Nevada City Police Department’s new K-9 officer, Rudiger. In closed session, the council will hold 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.

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

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