A self-storage expansion in Nice, Calif., progressed last week as the Lake County Planning Commission approved the project's use permit.
Pat Stansberry, owner of Nice Self Storage, would like to create storage space for up to 45 boats and RVs. The proposed expansion consists of a 140-by-160-foot area west of existing buildings, a 280-by-26-foot area south of existing storage buildings and a 100-by-30-foot area north of the current office.
The project planner told the commission the parking spaces will be one foot above the 100-year flood elevation and away from nearby seasonal wetlands. However, commissioners insisted the facility devise and implement a vehicle evacuation plan in case flood waters from nearby Clear Lake exceed the one-foot barrier. Project planners and Stansberry agreed, and Stansberry said he will include a flood provision in the contracts of all boat and RV tenants, stipulating they must move their vehicles or consent to facility employees moving their vehicles if rising water occurs.
Nice, with a population of about 2,500, is located 130 miles north of San Francisco.