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Supervisors adopt new county districts

Erich Sommer, Sierra Sun

In a rare eastern county session, the Nevada County Board of Supervisors met Tuesday at Town Hall in Truckee and adopted new district boundaries for the county.

The supervisors, who attended the swearing in of the Truckee Police Department earlier in the day, also approved the rezoning application of Alfred and Karla Pombo for a 133-acre site at Hobart Mills.

The new district boundaries take the San Juan Ridge out of Fifth District Supervisor Barbara Green’s district and incorporate it into the fourth district, currently represented by Elizabeth Martin. It also placed Lake Vera and Cement Hill near Nevada City went into District 1.

Green’s district, which includes Truckee, is still the largest in land mass and smallest in population.

The final district map was approved in concept during a July 24 public hearing in Nevada City.

From 1990 to 2000, Nevada County’s population grew from 78,510 to 92,033, which put the target population for each district at 18,400.

“Most of the districts have about 18,000 residents and I’m around 16,000 (residents),” Green said. “But Truckee is growing so fast, that (the supervisors) figure (the Fifth District) will catch up.”

In other business, local landowners Alfred and Karla Pombo had their application for the permanent rezoning of a 133-acre parcel at Hobart Mills approved.

The Pombos have been operating a topsoil processing operation at the site under a temporary use permit.

Several Russel Valley residents who live near the operation said Pombo would be welcomed into the area.

California Association of Business, Property and Resource Owners (CABPRO) Field Director Pat Davison also spoke in favor of the move.

“A recent economic study commissioned by the Town of Truckee recommended moving businesses from the river corridor. This would do just that,” Davison said. “The stars are aligning here. Not only does CAPBRO support this, so does the Mountain Area Preservation Foundation.”

The board also listened to a presentation by Lisa Wallace of the Truckee River Watershed Council.

Wallace said the council is an informational clearinghouse and coordinating body on watershed issues for residents, city and county officials.

“The reason we have such a high level of participation (among residents in this area) is that the economy is so tied to the watershed,” Wallace said.


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