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Nevada City Planning Commission to visit B&B urgency ordinance

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What: Nevada City Planning Commission meeting

When: 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19

Where: Nevada City Council Chambers, 317 Broad Street, Nevada City

The Nevada City Planning Commission will hold a public hearing Thursday afternoon to gather feedback on the city’s bed-and-breakfast guest facility policy. The public hearing also seeks to give recommendations to the city council in regards to the city’s already existing B&B urgency ordinance, which prohibits the establishment of new B&B facilities in residential areas in Nevada City.

“One of the actions of the council when they adopted it, was for the planning commission to review the urgency ordinance,” City Manager Mark Prestwich said. “To provide their feedback and input, gather community feedback and provide their comments back to the city council for them to consider a formal ordinance moving forward.”

Separate from Airbnb policy, which was discussed at a March 4 city council meeting, B&B vacation 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 since dealt with an impending lawsuit in reference to B&Bs in neighborhoods from a local group called Friends of Spring Street, while also going through further settlement talks with a group known as Friends of Nevada City.

In January, council members unanimously approved a temporary ordinance that prevents and prohibits new B&B facilities from being established in residential zones in the city.

That ordinance, which was initially approved to last 45 days, was extended by city council members through the end of this year.

“The planning commission could say the policy should look one way, and the council could say it should be another way,” Prestwich said. “But typically what you’ll see is the council will benefit from the planning commission’s thinking on any subject matter, and likely see it the same way, but it doesn’t always happen. It’s just another effort to seek community input on an important policy.”

In other business, the commission will consider proposals for two downtown business sign changes, and an architectural review application to construct a new two-story residence with a carriage house and second dwelling unit on the 100 block of Redbud Way.

For more information, go to http://www.nevadacityca.gov.

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


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