No resolution in regards to the passing of a Nevada County Outdoor Events Ordinance. After two hours of discussion and public comment, the Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to continue the matter until August. During the time between now and August, a committee was appointed of community members and two Supervisors to see if a compromise between event organizers and property owners can be reached to successfully pass the Ordinance. At Tuesday’s Board meeting a number of event planners spoke out against the ordinance calling it too restrictive. There were, however, several property owners that are in favor of the Ordinance. One property owner says the Ordinance is a matter of public safety.
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In regards to noise issues Sheriff Royal says there is no current law to enforce unless a citizen is willing to sign a complaint. The proposed Ordinance, in its current draft, would give the Sheriff something to enforce.
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Royal says that the Ordinance will actually save them work, not increase workloads.
Though most of the people against the Ordinance were wedding or smaller event planners, Dustin Rogers is an event producer that successfully organizes music festivals. Rogers had some specific concerns about the Ordinance regarding arts and music festivals on properties that did not have neighbors.
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Rogers stated that most arts and music festivals are three days and the extra day allows participants to get rest and assist with clean-up while decreasing the traffic leaving the event all at one time.
The committee has 60 days to meet and bring more information to the Board. Hank Weston and Richard Anderson will represent the Supervisors on the committee and a combination of small and large event planners as well as concerned property owners will make up the community side.