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Supervisors seek to curtail residential neighborhood camping

Plumas County Supervisors discussed a new ordinance designed to regulate camping in residential areas. The board considered the new ordinance April 18 and are scheduled to adopt it May 2. A public hearing was held, but no member of the public commented on the proposal.

“This is really aimed at excessive camping stays impacting on close neighbors,” said District 3 Supervisor Tom McGowan, who represents the Lake Almanor area. “In most of our communities there are individuals who have been taking advantage of the situation.”

“A perfect example is what is happening on Cemetery Hill,” said District 4 Supervisor Greg Hagwood, of a situation in Quincy. He said this ordiance would prohibit camping in towns and populated areas that are not appropriate for camping. He said that it’s a different situation in more rural areas where close neighbors aren’t directly impacted.

Under the ordinance, camping shall be prohibited within Prime Opportunity Areas, except within campgrounds. Prime Opportunity includes single and multi-family residential zones, some commercial areas and some open space and lake areas.

Camping shall be permitted on all private lands not within the Prime Opportunity Area, if all aspects of the county health regulations are met. The property owner must approve the camping, but stays can’t extend beyond 120 days in a calendar year. Tents and recreational vehicles are limited based on the number of structures that already exist on the property.







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