Nevada County Broadband Project and Spiral Fiber Broadband Project

4 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Nevada County
Document Title
Nevada County Broadband Project and Spiral Fiber Broadband Project
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation of a Draft EIR
Present Land Use
Document Description
The proposed program would expand access to broadband technology throughout the county, including unincorporated areas and the three incorporated cities: Grass Valley, Nevada City, and the Town of Truckee. Installation of fiber optic cable by a variety of potential methods will be evaluated at a programmatic level in the EIR for the county as a whole, and one near-term project, the Spiral Fiber Broadband Project, is advanced enough in its design and engineering to be evaluated at a project-specific level (unless otherwise noted, collectively referred to herein as the project). The countywide program would install new fiber conduit predominantly underground along roadway rights-of-way and where existing conduit exists, new fiber could be installed in existing conduit,. In some circumstances, fiber optic conduit could be installed under roadways where space is limited alongside roadways. Access to the new conduits would be provided by installing access boxes at intervals of not more than 3,000 feet along a proposed route for an individual project. Where topography or underground substrate could impede construction of subsurface fiber optic lines, projects would install aboveground fiber optic line that would utilize existing or newly constructed utility poles. The Spiral Fiber project would develop an estimated approximately 240 miles of underground fiber optic line, including about 220 miles of trunk line and 17 miles of service connections. No aboveground fiber optic line would be included in the Spiral Fiber project. Similar to the facilities expected to be constructed elsewhere in the county, the Spiral Fiber project would include construction of new fiber conduit primarily along roadway rights-of-way; however, the fiber optic trunk lines and service connections would require in-road installation in locations throughout the proposed project area. The Spiral Fiber project would include a fiber optic internet network that would connect 10,000 homes and 400 businesses with high-speed internet access. The objective of this EIR is to achieve compliance with CEQA for the proposed countywide program such that individual fiber installers can take advantage of grant funding expected to be available through the California Emerging Technology Fund.

Contact Information

Brian Foss
Agency Name
Nevada County
Job Title
Planning Director, Planning Department
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Grass Valley, Nevada City, Truckee
Citywide, Countywide
Cross Streets
Includes all of Nevada County
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
SR 20, SR 49
Nevada County and Truckee-Tahoe
Yuba River, Bear River, Truckee River, Donner Lake, Scotts Flat Reservoir, and others

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 Energy Commission, California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Natural Resources Agency, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Lahontan South Lake Tahoe Region 6 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Central Valley Flood Protection Board, Office of Historic Preservation, Sierra Nevada Conservancy, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), Department of Toxic Substances Control, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Sacramento Region 5 (RWQCB)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), Department of Toxic Substances Control, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Sacramento Region 5 (RWQCB)
Development Types
Other (Fiber optic infrastructure)
Local Actions
Use Permit, Encroachment permit
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Energy, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Growth Inducement, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mandatory Findings of Significance, Mineral Resources, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Schools/Universities, Solid Waste, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources, Utilities/Service Systems, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End


Draft Environmental Document [Draft IS, NOI_NOA_Public notices, OPR Summary Form, Appx,]
Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form

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