Verizon Wireless Dog Bar Road Communication Tower Use Permit


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Nevada County
Document Title
Verizon Wireless Dog Bar Road Communication Tower Use Permit
Document Type
MND - Mitigated Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
The subject parcel (APN: 027-010-018) is zoned General Agricultural (AG-20) with a General Plan designation of Rural-20. The subject parcel is developed with a residence, garage, barn, solar array, and various other accessory structures. The parcel is surrounded by very low-density development consisting of single-family residences and ranch/agricultural uses.
Document Description
The project is an application for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP23-0015) proposing the construction and operation of a new unmanned wireless communication facility located at 20896 Dog Bar Road, Grass Valley, in southeast Nevada County. The proposed facility will be designed as a one-hundred twenty-nine foot (129) tall faux pine tree (monopine) with antennas at a tip height of one-hundred twenty-four (124) feet. All brackets, antennas, and remote radio units will be painted green to match the faux pine tree. The facility will be contained within a 30’ x 30’ (900 square feet) Verizon lease area that will be surrounded with eight-foot tall chain-link fencing with a gate and a Knox Box entry system. The lease area will contain three equipment cabinets, a diesel generator, a PG&E transformer, and other communication-related equipment. The site will be accessed by an existing 12-foot wide dirt access road with a hammerhead turn-around at the end. Vegetation thinning to reduce fire hazard will occur along the access road and around the tower lease area. Approximately 550 feet of underground power and fiber cables are proposed to be trenched from the lease area to a PG&E pole and Verizon Wireless fiber point of connection.

Contact Information

David Nicholas
Agency Name
Nevada County
Job Title
Associate Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Cross Streets
20896 Dog Bar Road
Parcel #
Bear River

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), 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 Water Resources (DWR), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Sacramento Region 5 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Central Valley Flood Protection Board, Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, Sierra Nevada Conservancy, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality
Development Types
Other (An unmanned Verizon Telecommunication Tower)
Local Actions
Use 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


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