Nevada City deciding to not sit on the fence about who should decide what color a fence should be. The council overturning a planning commission decision to deny a stained or natural color fence in front of Cosmos Spa on Broad Street. The planning commission saying a white picket fence is a better fit in the historic district. City Planner Amy Wolfson clarifying the Planning Commission originally denying the request stating any color other than white in the historic district would negatively impact property values.
All public comment supported the choice of color over white for the proposed fence. None agreeing that property values would be negatively impacted. All council members agreed the planning commission made a bad call. Daniela Fernandez concerned the issue even got to the council, but also agreeing that limits are appropriate.
Gary Petersen is primarily interested in how to keep the community moving forward in a healthy manner.
Vice Mayor Duane Strauser both supported the purpose of the ordinance, and also agreed the owner should be able to chose an alternate color.
Mayor Erin Minett also voting to overturn the planning commissions decision, and suggested future action to help alleviate the issue.*
Council recently amended a city ordinance to allow for a sign on the National Hotel that was originally denied by the planning commission.