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Supes Progress Toward Trail in South County

A public trail through private property in the South County may be a reality a year from now. The Nevada County Board of Supervisors voted yesterday to reaffirm interest in public trail easements through the Golden Oaks, Lode Star, and Sunshine Valley subdivisions along the Emigrant Trail. While there are still property owners that don’t want any kind of trail, the debate among public speakers at the board meeting has changed to whether horseback riding should be permitted…

Listen to Meeting Speakers

Easements in two of the subdivisions allows for horses on a trail, but Sunshine Valley does not, and that’s where the main public access point to a trail would be. Despite the division between the two sides, Supervisor Ed Scofield, who voted no on the resolution, says there has been progress since the board last discussed the issue in April…

Listen to Ed Scofield

Scofield was the only no vote, suggesting that a trail should be for pedestrian use only, and that way construction could begin immediately. The board voted to keep a possible equestrian option in place, but that would mean further delays. Public access to those easements was suspended in 2010, and the board voted to keep that in place for one more year. Board Chair Hank Weston says when that year is up, he’s confident there will be a trail…

Listen to Hank Weston

The board will get a progress report from county staff in January.

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