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Planning Department
Brian Foss
Planning Director

950 Maidu Avenue Suite 170
Nevada City, Ca 95959
Hours: 8am-5pm M-F
Phone: 530.265.1222
Fax: 530.265.9851

Mission Statement: 
To apply community land use policies while striving to meet the needs of the individual and business.  In meeting these needs, it is our goal to protect the environment in order to ensure that Nevada County remains a desirable place to live, work, and recreate.
Service Description:
The Planning Department reviews and recommends actions on land development and land use in accordance with adopted State and local laws.  The Department is divided into two divisions:
Current Planning is responsible for processing all Planning Department land use applications, environmental analysis for public projects and implementation of the General Plan, Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision Ordinance and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines. This division is also responsible for providing land use and policy information services to the general public and working professionals by phone or in person at the front counter.
Advance Planning is responsible for General Plan and Zoning Ordinance maintenance, update and implementation, intergovernmental coordination, special land use projects, and recreation and resource protection in accordance with County policies, ordinances and Board direction.

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