Defensible Space & Neighbors
Start Neighbor to Neighbor
If there is a concerning parcel in your neighborhood, start by talking to the property owner or collaborating with existing efforts through Firewise Communities. They may be already working with the property owner to resolve the issue. Inviting a neighbor to learn more often yields the best results. The Ready, Set, Go! Handbook and this website are a good jumping off points for discussing best practices and local requirements for creating safer, more fire-resistant properties, and evacuation routes.
Sample Template Letter
Nevada County residents are having success achieving defensible space and egress clearance by working directly with their neighbors. This is a challenging but important topic that is best addressed through collaboration and community involvement. Sometimes putting it in writing is the best approach. Download this sample template letter (download MS Word doc.) to help you communicate with property owners via mail.
Out of the Area Neighbors
If your neighbor's primary residence is out of the area, consider sending them a letter to express your concerns as stated above. If you are do not know their contact information, we can help you find this information in two ways:
1. Online at the My Neighborhood Map
Nevada County residents have access to a map portal called My Neighborhood. Use this mapping tool to search for mailing property details such as Assessor's Parcel Number (APN), address, districting, representatives, valuation, and zoning.
2. In-Person at the Assessor's Office
You may also visit the public kiosk in the lobby of the Assessor’s Office, at 950 Maidu Avenue, Suite 290, Nevada City, to determine the property owner’s name, mailing address and Assessor’s parcel number (APN).