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Nevada County supervisors to examine housing

A discussion about housing opportunities by the Nevada County Board of Supervisors is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 12.

Supervisors will meet at 9 a.m. at the Eric Rood Administrative Center, 950 Maidu Ave, Nevada City, for their regular meeting. The housing discussion is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

The discussion stems from supervisors this year setting homelessness and housing as a major objective. Nevada County, like much of the state, suffers from a lack of affordable housing.

The county’s Planning Department was given the task of collecting information about housing, which supervisors will hear Tuesday afternoon, said Mali Dyck, interim deputy CEO.

 “Nevada County is no exception to the housing problems,” a county report states. “There is continuing and growing concern over the lack of available housing and housing types to support all of the County’s population.”

Brian Foss, director of the county’s Planning Department, said Tuesday’s report has no recommendations for supervisors. Instead it presents the tools it has in various programs, ordinances and development standards to encourage the construction of affordable housing.

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“There’s not one shining item,” Foss said. “It’s just a menu of things that are out there.”

Foss anticipates that the housing discussion will continue at the supervisors’ annual workshop in January, though no agenda has been set.

In an unrelated item, supervisors are scheduled Tuesday morning to vote on paying MIG, Inc. — their cannabis consultant — another $8,690 for additional services, bringing the total contract amount to $137,934.

MIG is facilitating meetings of the county’s citizen marijuana committee, which is developing recommendations for the county’s new grow ordinance. The group is scheduled to meet Dec. 19 for the final time.


 

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