We keep hearing about the draconian planning policies of the City of Nevada City, but don’t let the perception fool you. Here’s the “new” view from our kitchen table, thanks to the wisdom of our Nevada City Fathers (and Mothers).
What we get to see beyond the white picket fences and pink Crepe Myrtle tree, is a pickup truck parked on somebody’s lawn, and “framing” that scene, a new “affordable housing” unit that the City approved without giving the neighbors a chance to weigh in on its design.
Nevada City blames the the State for its affordable housing mandates and the need to comply. We support affordable housing, including in our backyard.
But the City needs to be much more thoughtful about how it implements the plan — and the unintended consequences on neighbors and neighborhoods. In short, it needs to think.
We’re the lucky ones too. The high-pitched roofline you see is several houses down the road and way across the street from us. Think how the next-door neighbors must feel with it towering above them. The Berlin Wall, let alone a fence, would not obscure that.
Let the buyer beware of the R1 neighborhood in Nevada City. It isn’t “your grandma’s R1” anymore.