Brian Brown: County must consider public sentiment on development |

Brian Brown: County must consider public sentiment on development

In the April 1 edition of The Union, an article regarding the proposed Dollar General development in Alta Sierra included a quotation from Nevada County Supervisor Ed Scofield:

“As long as it fits the C-1 zoning, and it’s not a (marijuana) dispensary or a porn shop, it can go there”.

I believe this statement to be inaccurate and it seems to be meant to discourage the growing public opposition to these stores. There is a discretionary component to the approval of a Developmental Permit by the County planning officials. These county employees are supposed to take into account the public’s sentiments, as well as their own educated opinions about appropriate land use and community development, when considering applications presented to them.

For Scofield to state that approval is a given is to discourage vital public input. Is his statement deceitful and high-handed or does Scofield truly not understand the process?

Brian Brown

Grass Valley

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