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Supes to hear South Nevada County seniors project

Tuesday session could decide fate of 345-unit Rincon del Rio proposal
By: Journal Staff
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The fate of a 345-unit seniors housing project in South Nevada County, located 5 miles north of Auburn, could be known by Tuesday.

The Nevada County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to consider several measures that would allow the controversial project to move forward.

Young Enterprises, a Nevada County business owned by local developer Carol Young is proposing the Rincon Del Rio development on a 215-acre property off Rincon Way. The resident count would be capped at 415 as the project is developed over several phases.

Discussion is slated to start at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Rood Center, 950 Maidu Ave., Nevada City. The hearing comes less than two months after the Nevada County Planning Commission voted 3-2 to recommend acceptance of environmental documentation for Rincon del Rio required by the state, a general plan amendment creating a new continuing-care, retirement-community zoning designation, and a rezone from current single-family residential zoning.

 While Young and supporters called it a win for jobs and quality senior housing, opponents described it as a defeat in their attempt to roll back the scale of Rincon del Rio or force a move to what they consider a more suitable location.

At the Feb. 14 planning meeting, opponents said the project would bring too many vehicles to their rural area and too many people into a quiet residential area off Highway 49.

The proposed housing development, officially named Rincon del Rio Continuing Care Retirement Community, is located at the end of Rincon Way, a half-mile east of Highway 49 and south of the Lake of the Pines community.