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Wineries and roads

From the June 15 editorial, and in light of our growing local wine industry, locating wine-tasting rooms downtown is a well-advised move that will certainly be of mutual benefit to wineries and other downtown businesses. Inviting the public to promotional events at wineries located on substandard private roads, however, introduces significant safety issues.

If “90 percent of wildfires are started by people,” then limiting the commercial and public use of such roads makes common sense. The Agricultural Advisory Commission has submitted recommendations to the Board of Supervisors which do not. The AAC recommendations support wineries (with or without vineyards) and a broad range of commercial accessory uses on substandard private roads. No permit to ensure road safety or maintenance standards is required.

These recommendations would allow unlimited commercial use of private roads that meet fire safety standards. This serves to discourage residents on substandard private roads from doing the very improvements needed to ensure adequate access for fire fighting equipment and their own safe evacuation.



This proposal will be an agenda item at 9:45 a.m. at the July 6 Board of Supervisors meeting and is online at: http://docs.co.nevada.ca.us/dscgi/ds.py/Get/File-81244/File-19875.pdf

Leslie Pitts




Nevada City


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