Nevada City moving forward with Sugarloaf trail | TheUnion.com
YOUR AD HERE »

Nevada City moving forward with Sugarloaf trail

A view from Sugarloaf Mountain, which was acquired by Nevada City in 2011.
Jesse Locks/Folk Trails Magazine |

Nevada City council members voted unanimously to approve the alignment for a proposed trail on Sugarloaf Mountain last week.

The trail alignment was recommended to the council by the city planning department after a public hearing and consideration of various proposed routes.

Bear Yuba Land Trust, the organization proposing the trail, will need to submit formal documents detailing plans for trail construction and funding to the planning department before construction can begin.

An environmental review of the site will also begin now that the alignment has been approved.

The land trust plans to construct the trail with a moderate six to eight percent grade and a width of four feet, following recommendations made by the public during a planning commission hearing. Those dimensions are meant to discourage bikers from speeding. Brush and tree cover will also be managed to visually discourage trail users from cutting switchbacks.

Community members also requested some assurance from the Bear Yuba Land Trust and the city that extra patrolling of the area will be included in the trail plan, in order to address concerns that numerous homeless camps have appeared on the property in recent years.

City Manager Mark Prestwich estimates a formal plan for construction to be completed next spring.

Nevada City is also working on a proposal to annex the Sugarloaf property, which is currently on county property, though it is owned by the city.

A public hearing on the annexation of the Sugarloaf property will be held at Thursday’s planning commission meeting at 1:30 p.m. at City Hall.

To contact Staff Writer Matthew Pera, email mpera@theunion.com or call 530-477-4231.


Support Local Journalism


Support Local Journalism

Readers around Grass Valley and Nevada County make The Union’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.

For tax deductible donations, click here.
 

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User