The Rincon Del Rio senior retirement project won approval from the Nevada County Board of Supervisors Tuesday, which included making several amendments and changes to the county Zoning and General Plan. Changes were necessary to accommodate the Continuing Care Retirement Community or CCRC design model. Board Chair Hank Weston says “this is something different and new, and change is not always bad.”
Rincon Del Rio which has been 4 years in the planning encompasses 215 acres near the Bear River with 170 acres of that left as open space The 345 unit project would be built in phases, and the resident count would be capped at 400. The project is anticipated to generate $1.7 million dollars annually for Nevada County and provide jobs which Donna Dekker testified at public hearing is needed in the County.
click to hear Donna Dekker
Over 50 people, a majority of them supporting the project spoke at public hearing, including former Nevada County Supervisor Bill Schultz who was a County Supervisor when the General Plan was adopted in 1995. He says he supports making changes to the document.
click to hear Bill Schultz
Financial planner Mary Owens says surveys she has done on why people leave the county shows a CCRC is needed.
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Supervisor Richard Anderson representing Eastern Nevada County was the only dissenting vote, and says he worries approval of Rincon Del Rio opens the door for similar projects to be built outside Truckee.
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A staff report indicates there are 24 areas in the county that meet the proposed acreage and land use designation criteria for CCRC’s. But planners say all future development projects would face design analysis and Environmental Review similar to what Young Enterprises, the Rincon Del Rio Developers have provided.
Sandy Jacobson, the Director of Nevada County’s Gold Country Community Center and senior aggregate meals programs says the project provides a social element seniors need to thrive.
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Rincon Del Rio would be built around a village setting promoting interaction between senior residents.
Planning Department staff said checks and balances will prevent Rincon Del Rio from becoming another DarkHorse. The project will be hooked up to the Lake of the Pines Waste-water Treatment plant and supplied treated water by NID. In response to citizen concerns on open space, conditions added to the project would stamp the 170 acres of open space on the county map to ensure it would not be developed in the future. Another major concern from residents in the neighborhood was the fire gate to be placed on the emergency access road. Supervisor Hank Weston directed Higgins Fire District Chief Jerry Good to work with them.
click to hear Hank Weston
The Development Plan was also amended to allow for a different type of fire gate on an access road as requested by the neighbors. Keoni Allen, Sierra Foothills Construction, is the builder on the project and hopes to break ground by this summer.