Public invited to Nevada City hearing on Sugarloaf Mountain |

Public invited to Nevada City hearing on Sugarloaf Mountain

Nevada City is moving ahead with processing a set of guidelines for Sugarloaf Mountain.

Planning commissioners will review a draft master plan created by staff to manage and develop what is known in the community as the “iconic backdrop of Nevada City,” during a meeting slated to begin at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Nevada City Council Chambers. Since the city acquired the popular recreational destination in 2011, many in the community have been actively engaged in the conversation to develop rules that enhance accessibility to the property while preserving its historical and environmental characteristics.

The property is currently zoned open space. The city has been working on annexing the property so it falls within city boundaries, a process that could take several months.

The draft master plan uses information from previous guidelines created by staff in 2011, as well as input from around 35 residents who attended a special workshop on Dec. 8 hosted by the city.

In May 2011, staff developed a draft master plan as an emergency measure to successfully secure funding from the county to purchase the 35-acre property. But officials said that document is lacking in information.

The previous plan calls for walking trails as well as a carry in/carry out picnic area on the top of the mountain.

According to the staff report, many residents at the workshop remained interested in seeing more connections added by the city to link the mountain to town, as well as to trails, sidewalks and bike lanes.

Others placed their emphasis on the preservation of the natural landscape. Staff discovered that 10 attendees have marked “minimal uses” and “minimal impacts” as elements they saw essential to include in the guidelines.

A master plan will determine the extent of trail and recreational opportunities; it will be sent back to the city council for adoption with comments from the Planning Commission.

Sugarloaf Mountain sits north of Highway 49 at the intersection of Coyote Street and North Bloomfield Road. Nevada City acquired the 35-acre property from the Mull family for $450,000 in January 2011.

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To contact Staff Writer Teresa Liu please call 530-477-4236, or email

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