Planners take another look at reopening B&Bs |

Planners take another look at reopening B&Bs

Nevada City planning commissioners will take a look at a revised version of a controversial bed-and-breakfast ordinance.

The ordinance would provide guidelines for reopening B&Bs after their permits have lapsed. Commissioners are set to meet 6:30 p.m. Thursday at City Hall, 317 Broad St., downtown.

City Council members asked the commission in July to address the Aaron Sargent House (formerly Grandmere’s Inn), which had become a private residence before foreclosing.

Because the Broad Street home’s permits had lapsed, council members wanted to develop a process for reopening it as a business.

At the last planning commission meeting, the measure prompted passionate debate centered around previous B&B regulations passed by the city in 1984 and 1994, at a time when more inns operated in the city.

The draft ordinance comes with the caveat that “the Commission cannot recommend that (the council) should (adopt it) immediately, because it deals with one specific aspect of B&B regulation in Nevada City, without looking more broadly at the whole issue of comprehensive regulation of B&Bs.”

If the measure passes the commission, it will move forward to City Council review.

To contact Staff Writer Michelle Rindels, e-mail or call (530) 477-4247.

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