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County Passes Outdoor Festival Ordinance

Nevada County Supervisors on Tuesday  passed an Outdoor Events Ordinance on a 3-2 vote that would require the producers of outdoor events of more than one hundred people to get a permit from the County. The ordinance would apply to a dance, music carnival, “rock” festival or like  activity where music is provided.   Nevada County Counsel Allison Barratt-Green says the  supervisors were looking to address some issues about toilet facilities, lighting, trash, excessive noise and traffic control and parking.

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It was just about a year ago that Supervisors, driven by constituents complaints decided it was time to update the ordinance, and  give the Sheriff’s Department some enforcement tools to work with.  But after reviewing it in September and again in December 2013, some Supervisors were still not happy with the revised draft of the 1980’s era Ordinance. Supervisor Terry Lamphier voted no on adopting the ordinance today.
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Supervisor Ed Scofield  said the ordinance went a little too far.

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Alta Sierra Resident Rich Ulery was also at the meeting today to oppose the ordinance.

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Supervisors Nate Beason, Richard Anderson and Hank Weston voted the simple majority to pass the Outdoor Events Ordiance.  It goes into effect immediately. The permit licensing fee is $100 for each day that an event will be held. The Sheriff may authorize a maximum of four separate outdoor events per premises per 12 month period.

The original and  revised draft of the  Outdoor Events Ordinance can be read here.

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