Dollar General

The Nevada County Planning Commission held a public hearing on October 26, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. in the Board Chambers at the Eric Rood Administrative Center, 950 Maidu Ave. Nevada City, California 95959 to consider the certification of the project environmental impact report (EIR) and to take action on each individual project.  After an overview of the EIR, the projects were considered in the following order: Alta Sierra, Penn Valley, and Rough and Ready Highway.  The Planning Commission certified the EIR as thorough and adequate for the projects and then took the following actions: 1. Denied the Management Plan and Development Permit for the Alta Sierra Project (on a motion of intent, taking final action on November 9, 2017); 2. Approved the Penn Valley project and its associated entitlements; and 3. Denied the Rough and Ready Highway project.  Each of these actions have been appealed pursuant to Nevada County Land Use and Development Code Section L-II 5.12.  The Board of Supervisors will hold an Appeal hearing for each project including the certification of the EIR on February 27, 2018 at 1:30pm at the Board Chambers in the Eric Rood Administrative Center, 950 Maidu Ave. Nevada City, CA 95959.  The Appeal Staff Report is available for download and review.

The individual Planning Commission project staff reports for the Alta Sierra, Penn Valley and Rough and Ready Highway projects are available for download and review. 

Alta Sierra Dollar General Project Planning Commission Staff Report

Penn Valley Dollar General Project Planning Commission Staff Report

Rough and Ready Highway Dollar General Project Planning Commission Staff Report

Memo to the Planning Commission - Alta Sierra Dollar General Project and Additional Public Comments

Memo to the Planning Commission - Alta Sierra Dollar General Project Denial Findings

Memo to the Planning Commission - Alta Sierra Dollar General Project - November 9, 2007

 The Final EIR (FEIR) is available for public review.  A public hearing will be scheduled with the Nevada County Planning Commission to consider the certification of the FEIR and action on the projects in the near future.  A separate public notice will be provided a later date for the Planning Commission meeting.

Final EIR Volume 1
Final EIR Volume 2
Simon CRE on behalf of Dollar General Corporation has proposed Development Permits for three 9,100 square foot Dollar General Stores with associated parking, lighting, signage and landscaping in the unincorporated area of western Nevada County at the following locations:

Notice of Availability Draft Environmental Impact Report Dollar General Stores State Clearinghouse (SCH) 2016012009

Notice is hereby given that a review period has begun to provide interested individuals an opportunity to review and respond to the adequacy of the draft environmental impact report prepared for the dollar general store projects.
  • Lead Agency: County of Nevada
  • Project Title: Dollar General Store Projects

Project Description

The Dollar General Store Projects consist of three projects, each at a different location in western Nevada County. Each project is requesting approvals necessary to develop and operate a 9,100 square foot Dollar General Store with associated improvements, including landscaping, parking, lighting and other site improvements. Entitlements include:
  • Alta Sierra site: Development Permit and Oak Management Plan
  • Penn Valley site: Development Permit, Aquatic Resources Management Plan, Lot Line Adjustment, and Certificate of Compliance
  • Rough and Ready Highway site: Development Permit

Project Location

The three project sites are located within unincorporated Nevada County in the Alta Sierra Rural Center, Penn Valley Community Region, and Grass Valley Community Region. The projects are located at the following addresses and Assessor's Parcel Numbers (APNs), respectively:
  • Alta Sierra site: 10166 Alta Sierra Drive, APN 25-430-08 (retail store and parking); APN 25-430-10 (pipeline to leach field); APN 25-430-12 (leach field), Grass Valley, CA 95949
  • Penn Valley site: 17652 Penn Valley Drive, APN 51-120-06, Penn Valley, CA 95946
  • Rough and Ready Highway site: 12345 Rough and Ready Highway, APN 52-122-03, Grass Valley, CA 95945

Potentially Significant Effects on the Environment

The County has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) to address specific environmental effects of implementing the Dollar General Store projects. The DEIR identified the following potentially significant environmental impact areas for the projects: Aesthetics, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Geology and Soils, Hazards and Hazardous Materials, Hydrology and Water Quality, Land Use, Noise, Public Services and Utilities, and Transportation and Traffic. With implementation of proposed mitigation measures, impacts would be reduced to a less than significant level, with the following exceptions, which remain significant and unavoidable:
  • Alta Sierra site: Aesthetics
  • Penn Valley site: no significant and unavoidable impacts were identified
  • Rough and Ready Highway site: Aesthetics and Land Use
As discussed in the DEIR for the project, the project sites are not listed as toxic sites pursuant to Government Code Section 65962.5.

Public Review Period

  • December 14, 2016 through January 31, 2017
The public comment period for the DEIR exceeds the State-mandated 45-day period and will expire on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, at 5 p.m. Comments should be submitted in writing (email or hardcopy mail) to:
Tyler Barrington, Principal Planner
950 Maidu Avenue, Suite 170
Nevada City, CA 95959-8617

Availability of the DEIR

The DEIR is available for review at the following locations:
  • Via the links provided below.
  • At the Nevada County Planning Department:
    950 Maidu Avenue
    Suite 170
    Nevada City, CA 95959
  • At the following library locations:
    • Madelyn Helling Library
      980 Helling Way
      Nevada City, CA 95959
    • Grass Valley Library-Royce Branch
      207 Mill Street
      Grass Valley, CA 95945
    • Penn Valley Station
      11336 Pleasant Valley Road
      Penn Valley, CA 95936

Draft Environmental Impact Report

Individual Sections

Technical Appendices

Individual Appendices*

* Numbers are meant to correspond with DEIR Chapters.


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