Alta Sierra Property owners have voiced some concerns about a plan to bring a Dollar General store into their community. The discount store is proposed for the shopping area on Alta Sierra Drive just off of Highway 49. The 9-thousand 100 square foot store could be accessed by Little Valley road as well as Alta Sierra Drive. Nevada County Principal Planner Tyler Barrington says the project was first proposed July of last year and it is in the land use entitlement stage and the parcel they are considering is zoned Commercial. Barrington says the County has prepared an enviornmental document of the potential impacts of the project. *
63 trees will need to be removed. *
The formula is two to one for the mitigation so the 1.4 acres where they are removing the black oak woodland will be countered with 2.8 acres of comparable vegetated land given to the Bear Yuba Land Trust. The Public hearing on the project is scheduled for Wednesday at the Nevada County Board of Supervisors Chambers at the Rood Center. *
The item is scheduled to be heard at 1:40 Wednesday afternoon.
I am very disheartened to learn of this proposal. My family and I bought the same house in Alta Sierra TWICE because we missed it and our area so much after 5 years of living in downtown Nevada City. We live 5 minutes from Alta Sierra's main entrance and drive this area multiple times daily.
WHAT would be the advantage to Alta Sierra for a Dollar General to sit at our main entrance? I cannot emphasize how much this would cheapen our area. It would become our focal point. Why would we want this? Everyone who drives into Nevada County drives past and recognizes Alta Sierra and 49 as the main entrance to a community, whether they are from here or not. While I have never been a big fan of our entrance for other reasons, it is still quaint and reflects our lifestyle. WHY would we choose a Dollar General to be our ANCHOR store?
Alta Sierra residents. Do you remember the days of our Happy Frog nursery? A local business that cared about beauty and brought life to our area? I can't imagine being a home owner on Little Valley with this proposal. I would ask our supervisor, Ed Scofield WHAT advantage this brings to Alta Sierra. Revenue? Really? Keeping the values of our homes is all the revenue from Alta Sierra I want or expect to benefit from.
P.S. We will also lose over 60 of our beautiful black oaks to pave this project.
Please, please, please reconsider this terrible idea.
June 9, 2015
I am urging you to deny the application of Dollar General in Alta Sierra as well as Rough & Ready, Colfax and Penn Valley. The bulk and the style of these stores do not fit in with our rural community along with not meeting our needs. These stores duplicate what already exists and they do not offer products such as fresh produce or pharmaceuticals. The proposed store in Alta Sierra would alone destroy almost 100 pine and oak trees, 4 of which are Heritage oaks. It will remove thousands of cubic yards of soil significantly increasing erosion. Traffic increases will create more dangerous driving conditions. These stores are meant to be in a city...not a beautiful mountainous community.