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Objection delays PV parcel split

Fears of a doomed vineyard and more than four hours of testimony caused the Nevada County supervisors to put a Penn Valley parcel split on hold Tuesday.

John R. Miller had already won approval for a tentative map to divide a 30 acre parcel on Eddy Road into four parcels of 3.8, 4, 11 and 11.2 acres, for Vineyard Lake Estates. He told supervisors he had cooperated with county officials since he first applied in July 1999.

An environmental review is already complete, Miller’s attorney, Scott Browne, of Grass Valley, and consultants said.

“I’ve spent hundreds of thousands of dollars – $80,000 on tests and one marriage on this,” Miller said. “How long do we keep playing in the sandbox before it becomes unbearable?”

Dennis Ball, Miller’s neighbor and general managing partner of Indian Springs Vineyard, appealed the approval because he believes seepage from three ponds Miller built will eventually ruin his vineyard.

“Part of my property will become a lake and be unusable,” Ball told supervisors.

Ball’s attorney, Richard Holt, of Auburn, said Ball did not have a chance to comment on the three ponds being built. He said that when Ball expressed concerns about the ponds’ construction in August 1999, one planner told him to write the building department because a permit would not be issued for another 10 days.

When Ball called the department about construction on the ponds, he was told that a pond and grading permit had been issued already, Holt said.

Supervisors said they would like to see more information in two weeks about including in the review a longer monitoring period on the effects of the ponds’ seepage. The matter would then be rescheduled for another public hearing.

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