Brunswick Basin food stands OK – for now |

Brunswick Basin food stands OK – for now

The Lazy Dog ice cream cart, the two fruit stands, and the shaved ice cart in the Brunswick Basin are safe for now, the Grass Valley Planning Commission said Tuesday.

“Some of these temporary facilities are fixtures of the community. People love them,” said Commissioner Jim Bair.

The stands are threatened, at least on paper, by the city’s annexation of the Brunswick Basin, which has become part of Grass Valley bit by bit over the past several years.

Unlike Nevada County’s relatively informal regulation of temporary, outdoor businesses, the city allows stands to operate only one day a week, for a total of 30 days per year.

The businesses are required to purchase a use permit for about $250 and permits from the county’s health department, Planning Director Tom Last said.

These temporary permits are usually obtained by fireworks stands and Christmas tree lots, Last said.

The Lazy Dog ice cream stand and the fruit stands operate nearly daily for extended periods of time, however.

Bair said he believed the small businesses should be protected from undue regulation.

“Just because the city annexes some land doesn’t mean the city should change the character (of those areas),” Bair said.

The commission voted unanimously to allow existing stands to continue to operate and to postpone a formal discussion of temporary businesses.

Vendors at the Cornish Christmas and the Friday Night Market events are regulated through a separate permit with the Grass Valley Downtown Association, Community Development Director Joe Heckel said.

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