Supervisors shoot down Winds Aloft |

Supervisors shoot down Winds Aloft

A Nevada County developer and Italian restaurant owner who wants to build homes with hangars near the county airport was turned down by county supervisors yesterday.

Fears of losing federal funding for the county airport prompted supervisors to agree unanimously with a Planning Commission decision to not ammend a general plan for the development Winds Aloft that would have changed the property’s zoning from industrial to residential.

The county said it was premature to amend the plan until industrial opportunities, access alternatives and infrastructure detail were submitted by the applicant.

“There was just too many unanswered questions,” said county planner Stephanie Wagner.

Developer Dennis Roberts a pilot who lives on the north side of the airport wanted to change the industrial zoning to residential on 42 acres of a 108 acre wooded property nestled between Idaho-Maryland Road and the county airport. He wanted to develop 22 residential lots, nine with hangars and through-the-fence access to the county airport.

A letter from the Federal Aviation Administration was sent to airport manager Greg Marshal earlier this month saying that a residential development built next to the airport would risk the airport’s eligibility for federal funding.

Residents from Madrone Forest Drive, which borders the Winds Aloft property and the airport spoke at the meeting in support of the residential re-zoning. Several homes on the road have private hangars and through-the-fence access to the airport. A residential development would blend better with the natural setting, neighbors said.

The county rejected the re-zoning for 42 acres but approved 18 – 20 acres where Roberts wants to develop six residential parcels near Idaho-Maryland Road.

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