The Nevada City Council on Wednesday is expected to vote whether to uphold or reject the appeal of allowing a meditation center in a single-family residential neighborhood.
The Mountain Stream Meditation Center is at 710 Zion St. in Nevada City. It will include the meditation center and – yup – up to 24 parking spaces (16 permanent plus 8 “overflow.”) The agenda and packet material is here.
“R1″ neighborhoods are supposed to be meant for single-family dwellings. However, the zone allows for “uses of the recreational, educational, religious, cultural or public service type” with the granting of a use permit by the planning commission.
Though “R1,” the Piety Hill district is described as “both stable residential neighborhoods and the main service commercial concentration of the city,” according to City Hall. Okey-dokey.
The public hearing is expected to be emotional and heated. Letters submitted with the packet support the meditation center because, for example, “it’s an ideal transition space” between residential and commercial. Two real-estate agents are going to bat for the planning commission decision too.
This discussion comes amid a debate about whether B&Bs should be allowed in residential neighborhoods in Nevada City.
I have yet to see few, if any, elected or appointed public official consistently stand up for “R1″ neighborhoods in Nevada City. “Buyer beware” if you buy a home in an “R1″ neighborhood here.
If I had to bet, I’d predict the approval will be upheld by a narrow margin, without any clear direction about the sanctity of “R1″ neighborhoods, which historically have made towns throughout California so unique. That’s changing though, here and elsewhere, brought on by the slumping economy and professional neighborhood “planners.”
I suspect this is going to be another one of those “wiggle worm,” “feel good” decisions by the Council. The appellants, who apparently are going to be charged on a “pay as you go” basis for filing an appeal, will walk away with the feeling you “can’t fight City Hall.”
And in Nevada City, that’s often the case.
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