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Don’t tread on my property rights

The Nevada County Chamber of Commerce has been running big ads against the Outdoor Events Ordinance. Claims made by the NCCC in ads and other releases predict gloom and doom to our economy if any ordinance is in place. I don’t agree that our economy is that dependent on profits from weddings to excuse treading on my property rights.

On blogs and a Facebook site arguments were made that folks must be able do whatever they want with their property regardless of what it costs neighbors or the taxpayer. False arguments that even the Nevada County Fairgrounds will be hit with fines and fees and permit requirements came up. The most used “big government” argument was included. There are threats of recall.

The ordinance debated is a simple 14 pages long and addresses events on properties in unincorporated Nevada County. The ordinance includes definitions of events followed by explanations and reasons for permitting and it provides exemptions for already permitted commercial venues. For example, permits must include Safety and Noise Mitigation plans to inform public services. Available sanitation and water supply is required. These are all quite reasonable permit requirements.

One of the functions of government is to protect property rights. This means that the Board of Supervisors can and must address the concerns of property owners who have rightfully inspired the ordinance. As a property owner my neighbor doesn’t have the right to tread on my property rights and put my interests at risk just because they feel it’s an inconvenience to get permits which might cut profits. Shame on Nevada County Chamber of Commerce for such nasty advertising and thanks to the BOS for passing the ordinance!

Wanda Way

Grass Valley

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