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How will second units improve county?

What ever happened to the Rural Quality Coalition I used to read so much about in The Union?



The four Nevada County supervisors who are always linked to the Rural Quality Coalition are supporting an ordinance to allow the Building Contractors Association, in the guise of the Affordable Housing Task Force, to build 90 small rental units as second units on single-family residential lots throughout the county.




But not a peep from the usually vocal Rural Quality Coalition.

I have twice asked Supervisor Peter Van Zant how rural quality is enhanced by building small rental units on single family residential lots, but he has not responded to the question.

You would think that someone who has campaigned on the theme of rural quality would have some explanation of how these little rental units behind single family homes improve rural quality.

Contrary to statements in a column in The Union Thursday, Jan. 31, this is not affordable housing. It does not meet the state definition for affordable housing, and there is no limit on what rent the owners can charge.

Most of the county lacks the infrastructure of roads and fire hydrants to support the density already zoned. Placing rental units on single-family residential lots as second units will increase density and increase wildfire hazard.

Deed restrictions in Alta Sierra and lot size in Cascade Shores probably preclude rental units on single-family residential lots there, but increased density at any point along the narrow, winding evacuation routes will increase wildfire hazard.

Since these second units will rent at the market rate charged by any other rental in the county, and since increased density increases fire hazard where firefighting infrastructure is already inadequate, what is the purpose of these second units?

Curt Sutliff

Nevada City


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