Road access an issue when it comes to outdoor events |

Road access an issue when it comes to outdoor events

There is one aspect of the Outdoor Events Ordinance that few seem to be aware of, and that is road access.

In my neighborhood, there are 66 roads. Three of them are paved, public, collector-roads maintained by the county. The remaining 63 are private, local roads.

They are mostly gravel and almost all single lane, and dead-end.

The issue of private versus public road access has thus far not been addressed in the proposed events ordinance or by the select citizens committee.

There is talk of allowing 100 attendees to the commercial wedding events. Large numbers of cars coming and going on a single lane, deadend, private road? Now, how could that go wrong?

Of course, there is the mitigating effect of the much-heralded, trickle-down economic benefits that will accrue to the county. But some of that benefit to the county is paid for by those who contribute their road and privacy.

And then there is the reason why people choose to live off the beaten path.

I’m not sure I got the story straight, but I think it was the Hatfields who did a commercial, outdoor wedding event off the McCoys’ private, single lane, dead-end road. You may have heard about it; the resulting feud became the stuff of legend.

We would feel less threatened if there were at least one member of the Board of Supervisors who lived on one of the thousands of private roads in the very rural portions of Nevada County.

Jim Hurley

Nevada City

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