Planning Projects & Supporting Documents
The Planning Department processes many types of land use projects, from the relatively routine lot line adjustment to more complex multi-faceted discretionary projects. Many of the projects that are processed by the Planning Department are considered ministerial and are therefore processed administratively. Others require a public hearing before the County Zoning Administrator, Planning Commission and sometimes the Board of Supervisors. A schedule of upcoming public hearings can be found here.
A variety of ministerial and discretionary land use project applications are processed by the Nevada County Planning Department. Printable applications required to propose new projects can be found here. For questions about proposed projects being processed administratively (by Planning Department staff), please call or email the Planning Department. Discretionary projects are considered by the Zoning Administrator, Planning Commission, or the Board of Supervisors. A list of upcoming public hearings can be found here.
Pending discretionary projects include:
- Trees Resort at Darkhorse
- Rincon Del Rio
- Rincon Del Rio - March 25, 2021 at 1:30 p.m
- Rincon Del Rio Staff Memo
- Rincon Del Rio Additional Staff Memo
- Rincon Del Rio 3rd Staff Memo
- Housing Element Annual Report, 2020 - March 25, 2021 at 1:45 p.m
- Hoctor Map Amendment Staff Report - April 8, 2021 at 1:30 p.m.
Board of Supervisors:
- No projects are currently scheduled to go before the Board
A list of select past project can be found here
Advancing Planning (sometimes called Long Range and Recreation Planning) works to implement General Plan and Zoning Ordinance updates, complete special projects as assigned by the Board of Supervisors, and coordinate intergovernmental cooperation for complex projects. Projects scheduled to be presented at upcoming Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors meetings will be listed here.
Ongoing Advance Planning projects include:
- Penn Valley Area Plan - July 23, 2020
- Industrial Hemp Ordinance - ORD20-4
- Industrial Hemp Ordinance (ORD20-4) Staff Report - December 10, 2020
- Industrial Hemp Ordinance (ORD20-4) Planning Commission Memo
- Industrial Hemp Comment Letter from the Nevada County Farm Bureau - 12/7/2020
- Cannabis Administrative Enforcement Ordinance Amendments (ORD21-1) Staff Report - March 11, 2021
Board of Supervisors:
- Ordinance Amending Article 2 of Chapter V of the Nevada County General Code : Outdoor Events - October 13, 2020
- Ordinance Amending Chapter 2 of the Nevada County Land Use and Development Code Sections L-II 3.3 and Section L-II 6.1 regarding Industrial Hemp cultivation - January 12, 2020
- Ordinance Amending Chapter II of Title 3 of the Nevada County Land Use and Development Code Regarding Administrative Enforcement and Cannabis Cultivation - March 23, 2021
A list of select past projects can be found here.
Many Planning projects require the preparation and circulation of an environmental document in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act. A list of recent Initial Studies can be found here. Environmental Impact Reports can be found on a project's dedicated webpage.
If you are looking for information or supporting documents associated with an administrative project, a project not yet scheduled for public hearing, or a project without a dedicated webpage, please go to our Planning Projects Archive or contact the Planning Department. If you are looking to submit a Public Records Request, you can find more information here.