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Poulter is new county planning commissioner

Ruth Poulter, a planning commissioner for Nevada City, has been appointed to the Nevada County Planning Commission by newly elected county Supervisor Nate Beason.

Poulter will be replaced on the Nevada City commission by Sheila Stein.

Beason called Poulter “an independent thinker who shares my affection and respect for the Sierra Nevada and my general philosophy that government exists to serve the broader community interest.”



“I’m very excited about it,” Poulter said.

Poulter has served under Steve Cottrell on the Nevada City Planning Commission for eight years. She has tried twice – most recently in March – to win election to the City Council, but she was unsuccessful.




A native of Nevada City, Poulter works as a real estate agent.

She said she is looking forward to the opportunity to apply her experience and philosophy to the growth within the county, particularly the area around Nevada City.

“Property rights are something we need to hold dear to us,” Poulter said. “When people hold property and it’s zoned appropriately, I think they should be able to develop.”

Beason also has appointed Bill Frisbie, a former pilot for Pan American Airways, to the Airport Commission, and he reappointed engineer Tom Holdrege to the Sanitation Technical Advisory Group.

Poulter said she is not sure when she will join the county Planning Commission.

Cottrell announced his replacement appointment Tuesday after Poulter was selected by Beason.

Stein is a mortgage broker in Nevada City and she has lived in Nevada City since the late-1980s. She has been involved in several community organizations such as the Chernobyl Children’s Project, Girl Scouts, and as a child advocate through the Nevada County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).

“In Sheila Stein, I found the perfect combination of community involvement, practical knowledge and personal integrity,” Cottrell said in a press release Tuesday.

Stein’s first meeting as a planning commissioner will be Jan. 27, joining Chairwoman Laurie Oberholtzer and planning commissioners Evans Phelps, John Parent, and Steve Dodge.


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