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New planning commissioner named

Nevada City Mayor Conley Weaver’s new appointee to the city planning commission is Steve Dodge. Dodge will replace Planning Commissioner Victor Prussack, who resigned because he moved out of Nevada City.

Dodge was born in Geneva, N.Y., and moved to Nevada City in 1970. He spent 30 years in the local electronics industry. He has worked for the Grass Valley Group, Tektronix and TDK Systems and currently works for Intertek, a New York-based surveillance company.

Dodge said his goals as a planning commissioner are equality to all applicants and preserving the integrity and small town character of Nevada City and its downtown historical district.

Conklin needs new campaign HQ

The Bruce Conklin for Supervisor Headquarters Cleanup Day planned for Saturday has been canceled.

The former Nevada County District 3 supervisor is seeking his old seat and was planning to use a store on Washington Street as his headquarters.

“It was a wonderful spot,” said Conklin, who learned from the city of Grass Valley that the site – despite previously being used commercially – actually was residential.

Conklin is looking for a new headquarters and has asked if anyone who knows of an available commercial location in the Grass Valley area to call 272-2456.

Other candidates for the District 3 seat – vacated earlier this year by Drew Bedwell – are John Spencer and Linda Stevens.

Wolf Creek Ranch Estates on table

Plans for a revamped Wolf Creek Ranch Estates will come before the Nevada County Planning Commission tonight for a public workshop.

This time, the project south of Lime Kiln Road includes 134 residences on one- to three-acre lots and seven residences on 14- to 57-acre lots. About 337 acres of the 691-acre property will be preserved as open space, Senior Planner Tod Herman said.

During his preliminary inspection of the revised project, Planning Commissioner Doug Donesky said it appears “more revolution than evolution.”

Commissioner Betty Simpson agreed.

“They have responded in reducing density, which is a help,” Simpson said. She and Donesky haven’t decided how they are voting yet, but Simpson pointed out the project is “contrary to the General Plan.”

“It’s still an example of rural sprawl,” Simpson said. “(But) I’m looking forward to what they have to say.”

According to Herman, controversial issues that have not been addressed include access to Highway 49, the gates, and the park and trails system, which would only be available to Wolf Creek Ranch Estates residents due to the gates.

The project has been ongoing since the 1990s.

The workshop will begins at 6:45 p.m. today in the Rood Administrative Center. The Planning Commission is not scheduled to vote on the project tonight.

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