Affordable Housing Master Plans

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The goal of this project is to streamline efforts to achieve affordable and workforce housing development, improving access to a less expensive and more streamlined permitting process and to improve achievability of construction for housing in Nevada County, Sierra County, Placer County, Town of Truckee, City of Grass Valley, and City of Nevada City. 

Options and Site Information Form

Each of the plan options below has been designed to be adaptable to various locations, styles, and budgets, providing homeowners with a customizable living space that suits their unique needs and preferences. All plans can be utilized as either a slab or raised floor, providing versatility to accommodate different foundation options. The designs were created to enable owners to modify the facade and elements, so they can reflect the surrounding environment, aesthetic preferences, and existing structures.

Additionally, the designs are created to be as cost-effective as possible, utilizing space efficiently without sacrificing comfort and functionality. The open-concept living areas provide a welcoming atmosphere, while the separate bedroom zones offer privacy. The inclusion of features such as covered outdoor spaces and optional garages further enhance the flexibility of the designs.

The Options and Site Information Form (BD-26) must be completed and submitted when applying for a building permit to use any of the plans below. Use the BD-26 Form to select your custom options such as plan type, roofing material, garage/no garage, heating source, etc.

You will also need to submit the regular application forms, as applicable to your building site.  See the BD-27 Submittal Checklist for additional information.

How to Apply

Please fill out the forms mentioned above, and submit everything included in the BD-27 Submittal Checklist and submit to the Building Department by:

Note: The first seven members of the public that apply for a permit using the plans below will receive the plans free of charge. After that the plans cost $1200 per use. If the permit has not be issued within 180 days, the free set of plans will be assigned to the next eligible applicant. 

If you have questions, contact the Building Department at (530) 289-3251 or via email at

2 story, 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom over a 2-car garage with exterior access to dwelling

661sf conditioned
661sf garage

This 661sf house with 1-bedroom, and 1-bathroom situated above a garage and storage space is an excellent choice for those seeking an efficient and compact living space. Its open plan design combines the living, dining, and kitchen areas, providing a flexible and functional space. The bedroom entrance is located away from the living space, making it ideal for those who want both efficiency and privacy.

Downloads: Floor Plan & Elevation  | Bid Set (Full set of plans for estimates)

1 Bedroom Front View

Single story 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom single-family dwelling. Available with or without a 1-car garage. 

747sf conditioned
315sf optional garage

This 747sf 2-bedroom, 1-bath house features open living space and a separate bedroom wing all covered by a simple gable roof. The rear patio and covered entry offer outdoor living space while still providing shelter from the elements. By incorporating a simple roof and separate living and bedroom volumes, this design allows for a wide range of customizable aesthetics and design options. With this design, owners have the freedom to create a space that reflects their unique style and preferences.

Downloads: Floor Plan & Elevation  | Bid Set (Full set of plans for estimates)
2 Bedroom Front View (No Garage)

Single story 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom single family dwelling. Available with or without a 2-car garage.

1,194sf conditioned
480sf optional garage

This 1,194sf, 3-bedroom, 2-bath house features open living space with access to a covered patio or an optional garage. The primary bedroom has an en suite bathroom for additional privacy. The second bathroom is conveniently located for guests while still maintaining privacy for the bedrooms. The open living space provides ample living space, practicality, and versatility, making it an excellent choice for anyone seeking a comfortable and functional home.

Downloads: Floor Plan & Elevation  | Bid Set (Full set of plans for estimates)

3 Bedroom Front View (No Garage)