Interim director chosen for Health and Human Services Agency |

Interim director chosen for Health and Human Services Agency

Nevada County CEO Rick Haffey announced the appointment of Stewart Knox as the interim director of the Health and Human Services Agency, effective Jan. 6, in his Friday memo.

Knox has 20 years of experience working in the workforce development, economic development and the social services industry in the northern and southern areas of California.

During this time, he has been instrumental in transitioning several workforce development entities into productive, performance-based and accountable organizations.

He has held positions at the entry level, management and executive levels, working within several different functional areas throughout the industry.

He has been an adult education teacher, contract negotiator, rapid response coordinator, marketing team leader, Yuba Community College workforce development director and executive director of four workforce investment boards.

With his broad multifunctional experience base in a large matrix of managed organizations, Knox has the ability to understand the complex interactions between workforce development/social services and business needs, Haffey wrote.

Housing Element Rezone Program Implementation Project

The comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the state-mandated Housing Element Rezone Program Implementation project closed on Nov. 12.

A significant amount of public and agency comments were received and have been given to the board of supervisors for consideration.

At this time, the planning department and the county’s consultant are working on preparing written responses to those comments, and the county counsel’s office is reviewing the draft findings required for the certification of the EIR. In addition, a Final EIR is being prepared that is anticipated to be released for public comment in early 2014.

Following the public comment period for the Final EIR, staff will commence the public hearing process before the planning commission and ultimately the board of supervisors for final action on the Housing Element Rezone Program Implementation Project.

Go to for a more comprehensive project status update that provides a refresher about the specifics of the project, outlines the steps that have been completed thus far and details how this project ties into the next update of the Housing Element of the General Plan.

Also provided is information regarding the importance of having a certified Housing Element. For more information, call Principal Planner Tyler Barrington at 470-2723.​

Nevada City’s annex to the local hazard mitigation plan

The Nevada City Council on Thursday adopted the Nevada City Annex to the Local Hazard Mitigation Plan for Nevada County.

The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 requires that local jurisdictions, in order to maintain federal disaster mitigation grant eligibility, have a FEMA approved local hazard mitigation plan.

A hazard mitigation plan includes mitigation strategies that provides a blueprint for reducing potential losses based on an assessment of the jurisdiction’s hazard risks and vulnerabilities.

The Nevada County Office of Emergency Services initiated the planning process to ensure that Nevada City maintains eligibility for current funded mitigation grants, as well as for future mitigation grant opportunities.

In collaboration with representatives from the Nevada City government, fire department, police department and the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County, the annex was published and submitted to the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services for review and to FEMA for approval. FEMA approval (pending Nevada City adoption) was received on Nov. 4.

For a copy of the Nevada City Annex and the Nevada County Local Hazard Mitigation Plan, go to

Congressman LaMalfa’s representative to hold satellite office

Congressman Doug LaMalfa’s field representative, Jennifer Horne, will be holding a satellite office in the Northstar Conference Room, located in the County Executive Office at the Rood Government Center, from 8-11 a.m. Tuesday.

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