Nevada County released the staff report today responding to Rise Grass Valley’s Vested Rights Petition to conduct mining operations at the Idaho Maryland Mine.
The County released the staff report ahead of the upcoming Special Meeting of the Board of Supervisors scheduled for December 13. Staff are recommending that the Board make the following finding: 1) that mining operations on the subject property that the Petitioner is seeking a finding of vested rights were abandoned as early as 1956; and 2) neither the Petitioner nor any other party has a vested right to mine on the subject property. At the meeting, the Board will hear presentations from Planning Department staff and Rise Grass Valley, followed by public comment and Board deliberation.
“A vested right is a right to continue activity that existed before a zoning restriction became effective,” said County Counsel Katharine Elliott. “Should the Board of Supervisors make a ‘vested rights finding,’ it would mean that Rise Grass Valley has a legal right to mine on the Brunswick Industrial Site.”
The Board is expected to decide whether to find vested rights based on facts concerning the historical use of the Idaho Maryland Mine property currently owned by Rise Grass Valley and the applicable law on vested rights.
Next Steps the Board Might Consider in Early 2024 Following Vested Rights Hearing
If the Board grants the Petition, the next step would be to review a reclamation plan outlining the measures Rise Grass Valley would take to restore the land affected by mining operations. The Board’s review would be considered at a public meeting where relevant legal and environmental considerations would be addressed and time provided for public testimony on potential impacts, opinions in support or opposition, and other topics related to the mine.
If the Board denies the Petition, the County will schedule a noticed public hearing to resume consideration of Rise Grass Valley’s application for a use permit to reopen the Idaho Maryland Mine. This public hearing will also provide an additional opportunity for public comment.
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