Northern Queen Inn Expansion Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
City of Nevada City
Document Title
Northern Queen Inn Expansion Project
Document Type
MND - Mitigated Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
The project site is a portion of the 15.11-acre site that is currently developed with the 89-room Northern Queen Inn and associated facilities. The City’s General Plan land use designation for the site is Employment Center (EC) and the site is zoned Employment Center (EC) and Service Lodge with a Scenic Corridor Overlay (SL-SC).
Document Description
The proposed project would include expansion of the Northern Queen Inn to add a new two-story, 8,400-square foot (sf) building to accommodate 20 motel units, as well as 12 new 1,050-sf cabins. The proposed additions would displace 38 existing parking spaces; however, a new gravel parking area is proposed to replace 25 of the 38 displaced spaces, and a new 20-foot driveway would lead east from the new motel building and parking area to two of the proposed cabins along Gold Run Creek. The other ten proposed cabins would be accessed from an extension of the existing driveway that currently provides access to eight existing cabins. In addition, a hammerhead turn-around and overflow parking spaces are proposed on APN 37-050-03. The project would include the removal of 15 trees and the inactive train tracks. The proposed project would require City approval of the following entitlements: • Variance for disturbance within the Gold Run Creek setback. A portion of the proposed hotel building, parking area, 10 of the 12 cabins, and a portion of the driveway are located within the 100-foot setback of Gold Run Creek; • Architectural Review; and • Tree Removal Permit. In addition, a Zoning Consistency finding is required by the Planning Commission regarding the extension of the SL zoning to APN 37-050-02. The Planning Commission must approve the proposed off-site parking.

Contact Information

Amy Wolfson
Agency Name
City of Nevada City
Job Title
City Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Nevada City
Citywide, Countywide
Cross Streets
Railroad Avenue
Total Acres
Parcel #
05-490-19, 37-050-02 & -03
State Highways
Nevada County Airport
Forest Charter School, Deer Creek Elementary, Seven Hills.....
Gold Run Creek, Deer Creek,

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, North Central Region 2 (CDFW), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 3 (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Planning (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, Central Valley Flood Protection Board, Office of Historic Preservation, Sierra Nevada Conservancy, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Sacramento Region 5 (RWQCB)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Sacramento Region 5 (RWQCB)
Development Types
Commercial (Sq. Ft. 21000, Acres 15.11, Employees 1)
Local Actions
Variance, Architectural Review, Tree Removal Permit
Project Issues
Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Geology/Soils, Tribal Cultural Resources


Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form
State Comment Letters [Comments from state reviewing agencies]

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