Ananda Village Master Plan

Proposed Update

Application for a proposed update to the 1990 Ananda Village Master Plan.  The new application includes:
  1. A Rezone (Z15-001) to alter the boundaries of the existing Rajarshi Park PD-SP zone to fit the existing disturbed area and to correct a zoning map error in the location and size of the zoning boundaries; to alter the boundaries of the existing Village Center C1-PD-SP zone to correct a zoning map error in location, size, and configuration of the zoning area; and to rezone 1.16 acres of AG-PD-SP zoning to PD-SP adjacent to the Village Center.
  2. A Development Agreement (MIS16-0009) proposing an extended development timeline of up to 15 years with the potential for two 5-year extensions, phasing flexibility, customized sewage disposal inspection, and a customized administrative review process for subsequent development.
  3. A Use Permit for a Comprehensive Master Plan (U15-002) to allow the following, with attendant road and infrastructure improvements:
    • Increase the residential cap from 87 units to the General Plan maximum density of 195 units within 8 existing clusters and up to 9 new clusters.
    • Add new non-residential uses within the Village Center (1680-square foot maintenance building, 1,156-square foot vehicle repair shop, 1,500-square foot office building, 864-square foot fire engine garage, and 536-square foot market kitchen remodel/expansion), Rajarshi Business Park (4,800-square foot office/warehouse building), Expanding Light Retreat Center (11,000-square foot temple, 4,300-square foot yoga hall and offices, 1,000-square foot yoga classroom/hall, 1,200-square foot dormitory lodge, 1,500-square foot administrative office, 20 guest tent platforms/tent cabins totaling 3,000-square feet, 2 shower hours totaling 1,000-square feet, 4 guest houses totaling 4,800-square feet, RV camping, 2,826-square foot dining pavilion, and 700-square foot memorial area/pergola).
    • Allow events which have been ongoing within the Village Center (annual Harvest Festival, Halloween event, and Fourth of July event), Expanding Light Retreat Center (classes, concerts, lectures, dramatic performances, and Sunday services), amphitheater (concerts, lectures dramatic performances, and Sunday services), and Crystal Hermitage (weddings, wedding receptions, and tulip garden open house).
  4. Petition for Exceptions (MI05-005) to the Nevada County Road Standards to allow a 100-foot section of the proposed extension of Village Drive to exceed the 16% standard, up to 18% road grade.
  5.  Wetland Habitat Management Plan (MGT15-004) for the potential impacts to the on site wetland areas.
  6. Oak Habitat Management Plan (MGT15-004) for the potential impacts to the oak woodlands areas.
  7. Steep Slopes Management Plan (MGT17-0004) for impacts to slopes over 30% for the construction an approximately 400-foot section of Brindaban Way to access Cluster M.
  8. Lot Line Adjustments (LLA16-0008, LLA16-0014) (two non-concurrent) to reconfigure parcel boundaries to meet applicable building setbacks and site development standards for individual lots.
The project also includes a Fire Protection Plan. A Forest Management Plan has been prepared and is in use for Ananda Village.


An Inital Study was circulated from March 13 to April 11, 2017. The County anticipates adopting a Mitigated Negative Declaration for the project because all impacts can be mitigated to a level that is less than significant. The project is scheduled for  a hearing before the Planning Commission on April 27, 2017 at 1:45 pm in the Nevada County Board of Supervisors Chambers at 950 Maidu Avenue. The Planning Commission will consider the environmental actions and project actions. Legislative actions (the Development Agreement and Zoning Map Amendments) will be heard by the Board of Supervisors following the Planning Commission's decisions and recommendations on the other project components. The staff report can be viewed by clicking on the links below.

Related Items

  1. 0 - Ananda Initial Study (PDF)
  2. 1 - Comprehensive Master Plan Map (PDF)
  3. 1-Conditions of Approval (PDF)
  4. Agricultural Commisioner Memorandum (PDF)
  5. Air Quality Run 1 - Residential Operational (PDF)
  6. Air Quality Run 2 - Temple Operational (PDF)
  7. Air Quality Run 3 - Retreat Operational (PDF)
  8. Air Quality Run 4 - Comm-Ind Operational (PDF)
  9. Air Quality Run 5 - Events Operational (PDF)
  10. Air Quality Run 6 - All Construction (PDF)
  11. Ananda Board Memorandum (SR17-0329) (PDF)
  12. Bio 1 - Biological Inventory (PDF)
  13. Bio 2 - Living Among the Oaks (PDF)
  14. Bio 3 - Oak Management Plan (PDF)
  15. Bio 4 - Wetland Management Plan (PDF)
  16. Bio 5 - CA Red-Legged Frog Assessment Aug 2016 (PDF)
  17. Cultural 1 - Record Search and Archaeological Inventory (PDF)
  18. Cultural 2 - Archaeological Study Oct 1994 (PDF)
  19. Cultural 3 - Archaeological Inventory Addendum January2017 (PDF)
  20. Design Guidelines (PDF)
  21. Dust Control Plan (PDF)
  22. Economic Analysis (PDF)
  23. Exhibit B-1 Parcel Exhibit (PDF)
  24. Exhibit B-2 Lot Line Adjustment Exhibit (PDF)
  25. Exhibit C Circulation Plan (PDF)
  26. Exhibit D-1 Proposed Zone Change (PDF)
  27. Exhibit D-2 Rajarshi Park Zone Change Aerial (PDF)
  28. Exhibit D-3 Village Center Zone Change Aerial (PDF)
  29. Exhibit E-1 School Use Permit Site Plan (PDF)
  30. Exhibit E2a Expanding Light Roads (PDF)
  31. Exhibit E2b Expanding Light Utilities (PDF)
  32. Exhibit E-3 Village Center Road and Utility Site Plan (PDF)
  33. Exhibit F Potable Water System (PDF)
  34. Exhibit G-1 Proposed Fire Access System (PDF)
  35. Exhibit G2 Existing Fire Protection System (PDF)
  36. Exhibit G3 Existing Fire Protection Index (PDF)
  37. Exhibit I USGS Quadrangle Map (PDF)
  38. Exhibit K Soils Map (PDF)
  39. Exhibit L Black Oak Impact and Mitigation Areas (PDF)
  40. Exhibit M1 Site Photos (PDF)
  41. Exhibit M2 Site Photo Key Aerial Map (PDF)
  42. Exhibit N Inventory of Existing Buildings Map (PDF)
  43. Exhibit N-2 Ananda Res and Non-Res Inventories (PDF)
  44. Exhibit N-2 Residential Sites with Site Numbers (PDF)
  45. Exhibit O Existing Powerline and Road Easements (PDF)
  46. Fire Protection Plan (PDF)
  47. Forest Management Plan (PDF)
  48. Fuel Treatment Areas and Wildfire History (PDF)
  49. Hazardous Materials Statement (PDF)
  50. Landscape Plan Concepts (PDF)
  51. Lighting Plan (PDF)
  52. Lot Line Adjustments (PDF)
  53. Master Plan Update Residential Sites (PDF)
  54. Petition for Exceptions (PDF)
  55. PGE Electric System Availability (PDF)
  56. POC-1 Cluster I-J Road and Utility Site Plan (PDF)
  57. POC-2 Cluster K Road and Utility Site Plan (PDF)
  58. POC-3 Cluster L Road and Utility Site Plan (PDF)
  59. POC-4 Cluster M Road and Utility Site Plan (PDF)
  60. POC-5 Cluster N Road and Utility Site Plan (PDF)
  61. POC-6 Cluster O Road and Utility Site Plan (PDF)
  62. POC-7 Cluster P Road and Utility Site Plan (PDF)
  63. Preliminary Mine Feature Assessment January2017 (PDF)
  64. Project Information Questionnaire (PDF)
  65. Project Narrative (PDF)
  66. Seismic Activity Reports (PDF)
  67. Sewage Evaluation Report (PDF)
  68. Sign Plan (PDF)
  69. Steep Slope Management Plan December 2016 (PDF)
  70. Traffic Memorandum (PDF)
  71. UPA 11 Fire Engine Garage (PDF)
  72. UPA 12 Solar on Exhibit E-3 (PDF)
  73. UPA 9-10 Office Building (PDF)
  74. UPA-1 New Temple at Expanding Light (PDF)
  75. UPA-1A Temple Landscape Plan (PDF)
  76. UPA-8 Expanding Light Dining Pavillion (PDF)
  77. Water 1 - Source Capacity Planning Study (PDF)
  78. Water 2 - Well Capacity Evaluation (PDF)
  79. Water 3 - Water Supply Assessment (PDF)
  80. Water 4 - Test Well Report (PDF)
  81. Water 5 - 2014 Water Conservation and Groundwater Mgmt Program (PDF)