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Planners to clarify county’s zoning rules

The Nevada County Planning Commission plans to clarify codes concerning funeral homes, airports, flea markets, driveways and anything else governed by the county’s zoning ordinance when it meets Thursday.

County officials adopted the current zoning ordinance in June 2000 after three years of public hearings. Because of the many changes made to it, county supervisors asked planners to keep a list of problem areas, said Stephanie Wagner, senior county planner.



The list includes 50 minor revisions as well as 23 substantive changes, Wagner explained in her report to commissioners. A new provision exempting nonprofit organizations from obtaining permits for temporary commercial uses is considered a substantive change.




Planning commissioners are likely to continue making clarifications at their next meeting Feb. 14. “I would be every surprised if we got it done in one week,” Wagner said.

Wagner said the 52-page report on the clarifications was given to activist groups that were involved in the zoning ordinance update process – such as the Rural Quality Coalition, the California Association of Business, Property and Resource Owners and the Nevada County Contractors Association – but planners had not received any written comments as of Tuesday morning.

The report is not on the county Web site, but copies are available at the county Planning Department.

WHAT: Nevada County Planning Commission meeting to clarify the county’s zoning ordinance

WHEN: 6:30 p.m., Thursday

WHERE: Rood Administrative Center, 950 Maidu Ave., Nevada City


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