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Posted on: January 24, 2020

Supervisors Discuss 2020 Priorities at Board Workshop

The Board of Supervisors completed their annual workshop this Friday to discuss their annual priorities for the following year. In 2020, fiscal stability, wildfire, housing, economic development, PSPS events, resiliency, homelessness and cannabis are all expected to be focus areas for County staff, pending a formal vote at the February 11th Board of Supervisors meeting.

Board Objectives Discussed

Fiscal Stability 

Maintain the County’s financial stability and core services.

Wildfire 

Reduce the loss of life during a wildfire by improving evacuation routes and early warning systems; creating more defensible space around private properties and driveways, building a network of maintained fuel breaks, engaging residents in emergency preparedness and fire-safe stewardship, and enhancing critical infrastructure.

Homelessness 

In partnership with community providers and other jurisdictions, utilize housing first and continue efforts to prevent homelessness, provide emergency shelter, expand supportive services, secure housing, and enhance coordination to address the needs of the homeless population and to mitigate impacts on the community.

Housing 

Coordinate with local jurisdictions, developers and other partners to facilitate development of and access to affordable and workforce housing development.

Cannabis 

Maintain and continue to improve the cannabis permitting and enforcement program to promote permitted cannabis activities while investigating options for additional supply chain license types and a compassionate use program

Economic Development 

Proactively support job-enhancing economic development by implementing business friendly data-driven policies, investing in broadband and infrastructure projects that enhance the quality of life for all Nevada County residents, and partner with private sector, non-profit, Grass Valley, Nevada City and Truckee leaders to collaboratively support local businesses and promote tourism.

PSPS Events 

Provide community leadership to prepare for and minimize the impacts of Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events on residents and local businesses by providing timely and accurate public information, prioritizing and advocating for the hardening of critical public safety and telecommunications infrastructure, and assisting medically vulnerable populations.

Resiliency 

Promote community resiliency by implementing policies, cost-saving programs and best practices supported by the County’s Energy Action Plan.

Formal action taken at February 11th Board Meeting

At the February 11th Board meeting, Supervisors will vote to formally adopt their 2020 Priorities and with public comment.

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