Update! Riverside County Planning Commission Meeting Time

This information below was posted in Kickstart yesterday, but we’ve received an updated time for those of you planning to attend. The Planning Commission gets started at 9:00 AM, but the portion of the meeting that deals directly with the proposed amendment to a Riverside County land use ordinance is 1:00 PM. That should help prevent you from sitting around for four hours while waiting for the section of the meeting you’re interested in.

You may have seen some rumblings about a proposed amendment to a land use ordinance in Riverside County, CA, which would seriously limit an owner’s ability to ride and limit the use of motorcycles on their own property. It’s being pushed by a group of horse enthusiasts near Aguanga (coincidentally where Jeremy McGrath has some land for a track).

We know quite a few people with private tracks who moved to Riverside County because they could ride on their own property. Included in the proposed changes are everything from dust reports to grading limitations, date and hour restrictions, and much more. It could affect everyone from kids on minis to the factory practice tracks out in Corona.

The Riverside County Planning Commission Meeting for public discussion of the proposed amendment is on Wednesday, October 20, which starts at 1:00 PM. It’s at:

Riverside County Planning Commission
4080 Lemon Street, 14th Floor, Hearing Room
Riverside, California 92501

For more info, check out corva.org, or for the planning commission web site, click here.

We’ve heard that the meeting could be a star-studded affair, with some fireworks. Regardless, it’s important for the future of off-road riding on private property. If you’re in the area, you should try to make it there.

Here’s the complete text of the proposed amendment…

ATTACHMENT A

ORDINANCE 348.4213
ARTICLE XIXf

Off Highway Vehicle Usage

SECTION 19.105 PURPOSES AND INTENT

The purpose of Article XIXf is to provide development and siting standards for off highway vehicle usage. The intent of Article XIXf is to:

(1) Help maintain the continued public health, safety, repose, and comfort of the County of riverside and its residents,
(2) Define the characteristics for off highway vehicle usage, and
(3) Regulate off highway vehicle operations within the unincorporated areas of Riverside County.

SECTION 19.106 DEFINITIONS

A. OFF HIGHWAY VEHICLE. A motor vehicle, designed to travel over any terrain as defined in Division 15.5 (Sections 38000¿38007) of the State of California Vehicle Code.

B. NONCOMMERCIAL OFF HIGHWAY VEHICLE USE. A site which is not open to the public, and that is utilized by the resident(s) of the property. The site is not utilized by non resident professional riders or teams and does not provide the level of facilities found in a commercial operation

C. COMMERCIAL OFF HIGHWAY VEHICLE USE. A site either (a) open to the public or (b) open to members only on a regular basis for off highway vehicle riding which may be operating either for profit or non-profit . The site may be utilized by novice riders, as well as by professional riders or teams, and may provide facilities or services such as restrooms, parking, first aid station, snack bar, viewing stand, equipment sales, or fuel dispensing.

D. RESIDENT. Resident means an individual or individuals who have a residence and permanently reside on a specific property.

E. RIDING AREA. Anywhere within the confines of a parcel and within setback areas where off-highway vehicles are ridden.

SECTION 19.107 ZONING AND REQUIRED PLANNING APPROVAL

AOff highway vehicle usage is not permitted as a matter of right and unless expressed below is prohibited in any zone within Riverside County.

B. Off highway vehicle usage may occur in the R-R, W-2, M-R, M-R-A, M-SC, M-M, or M-H zones only and is prohibited in any other zone.

C. Required Planning Approval

1. Plot Plan with Environmental Assessment

(a) Required for resident use only.
(b) Minimum parcel size shall be 5-acres gross to 10-acres gross.
(c) Exhibit must identify occupied area.

2. Conditional Use Permit

(a) Required for non-commercial off highway vehicle usage on vacant parcels 10-acres gross or greater in area.
(b) Required for commercial off highway vehicle usage on parcels 20 ¿acres gross or greater in area.
(c) Required for non-commercial non-resident users on parcels 10-acres gross or greater in area.

3. Minor Outdoor Event Permit

(a) Required for special off highway vehicle riding events on parcels 10 acres gross or greater in area and limited to no more than four (4) consecutive days.
(b) The Minor Outdoor Event shall comply with the provisions of Riverside County Ordinance No. 348 Article XIXa and be limited to the zones specified in this article.

SECTION 19.109a LOCATION, DESIGN, AND DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS FOR PLOT PLANS WITH AN ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT

A. Impacts. All off highway vehicle usage shall occur so as to minimize adverse impacts to the surrounding community and biological resources.

B. Sensitive Viewshed. Off highway vehicle usage shall be limited to those portions of the property that are concealed, and shall avoid ridgelines, riparian areas, and other sensitive viewshed areas.

C. Minimum Parcel Size. The minimum lot size for off road vehicle operations is five (5) acres gross to ten (10) acres gross in area. Resident off highway vehicle use may not occur on a lot that is smaller than five (5) acres gross in area.

D. Setbacks. The outer dimensions of the off highway riding area shall be two hundred fifty (250) feet from any residence other than that of the operator, and one hundred (100) feet from the property line or right-of-way line. If subsequent development would cause an encroachment within these setbacks the riding area must be reoriented to meet these setback requirements.

E. Maximum Number A maximum of two (2) off highway vehicles will be allowed to be in operation on a parcel at any one time

F. Hours of Operation. Off highway vehicles may be in operation between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. any day of the week during Standard Time, and 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. any day of the week during Daylight Savings Time. No riding of off-highway vehicles is permitted on the following holidays: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year¿s Day.

G. Noise. In rural areas noise may carry long distances and have a negative impact on surrounding properties. To insure that the noise impacts generated from off highway vehicle operation is minimized each site shall comply with the following requirements:

(1) The use of public address systems, loud speakers, or amplified music is prohibited.

(2) Each off highway vehicle shall include the proper muffler designed for the vehicle and comply with all government sound, noise, and safety limitations.

(3) During the operation of any off highway vehicle(s) on a parcel the maximum measurable noise level at any property line shall not exceed 65 decibels.

H. Dust. On parcels upon which off highway vehicle riding occurs, a plan for dust suppression and control shall be submitted along with any application for the off highway vehicle use described in this article.

I. Grading. Any grading activity shall meet the requirements set forth in Riverside County Ordinance 457.

J. NPDES. If this activity will disturb one (1) acre or more or is part of a larger project that will disturb one (1) or more acres it will require a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Construction General Permit from the State Water Resources Control Board. The applicant can comply by submitting a Notice of Intent (NOI), develop and implement a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPP), and a monitoring program and reporting plan fro the project site. Clearance for any grading shall not be given until either the district or the Riverside County Department of Building and Safety has determined that the project has complied with the current County requirements regarding the NPDES Construction General Permit.

K. Fuel Storage. Fuel storage and refueling activities shall comply with the requirements of the Riverside County Fire Department and Riverside County Ordinance No. 546.

L. Site Plan Requirements. Each application shall comply with the requirements specified within the Planning Department¿s Case Application Packet.

M. Permit Duration: The Plot Plan approval shall be limited to a maximum duration of 5 years.

N. Public Hearing & Notice: A public hearing shall be held pursuant to the procedures set forth within Section 18.26 of this ordinance except that the public notice for said hearing shall be given by mail or delivery to all owners of real property located within 1-mile of the exterior boundaries of the subject property.

SECTION 19.109b. LOCATION, DESIGN, AND DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS FOR A CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT.

A. Impacts. All off highway vehicle usage shall occur so as to minimize adverse impacts to the surrounding community and biological resources.

B. Sensitive Viewshed. Off highway vehicle usage shall be limited to those portions of the property that are concealed, and shall avoid ridgelines, riparian areas, and other sensitive viewshed areas.

C. Minimum Parcel Size. The minimum lot size for off road vehicle operations is ten (10) acres gross in area; however, sites for commercial off highway vehicle usage is twenty (20) acres gross in area.

D. Setbacks. The outer dimensions of the off highway riding area shall be two hundred fifty (250) feet from any residence other than that of the operator, and two hundred (200) feet from the property line or right-of-way line. If subsequent development would cause an encroachment within these setbacks, the riding area must be reoriented to meet these setback requirements. No approved commercial off-highway vehicle riding area shall be located within 5 miles of any other approved off-highway vehicle riding area.

E. Maximum Number. A maximum number of four (4) off highway vehicles will be allowed to be in operation on a parcel at any one time for a noncommercial operation.

F. Hours of Operation. Off highway vehicles may be in operation between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. any day of the week during Standard Time, and 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. any day of the week during Daylight Savings Time unless other hours of operation are established per conditions of approval. No riding of off highway vehicles is permitted on the following holidays: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year¿s Day.

G. Noise. In rural areas noise may carry long distances and have a negative impact on surrounding properties. To insure that the noise impacts generated from off highway vehicle operation is minimized each site shall comply with the following requirements:

(1) The use of public address systems, loud speakers, or amplified music is prohibited.
(2) Each off highway vehicle shall include the proper muffler designed for the vehicle and comply with all government sound, noise, and safety limitations.
(3) During the operation of any off highway vehicle(s) on a parcel the maximum measurable noise level et forth in Riverside County Ordinance 457.

J. NPDES. If this activity will disturb one (1) acre or more or is part of a larger project that will disturb one (1) or more acres it will require a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Construction General Permit from the State Water Resources Control Board. The applicant can comply by submitting a Notice of Intent (NOI), develop and implement a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPP), and a monitoring program and reporting plan fro the project site. Clearance for any grading shall not be given until either the district or the Riverside County Department of Building and Safety has determined that the project has complied with the current County requirements regarding the NPDES Construction General Permit.

K. Fuel Storage. Fuel storage and refueling activities shall comply with the requirements of the Riverside County Fire Department and Riverside County Ordinance No. 546.

L. Site Plan Requirements. Each application shall comply with the requirements specified within the Planning Department¿s Case Application Packet.

M. Permit Duration: The Plot Plan approval shall be limited to a maximum duration of 5 years.

N. Public Hearing & Notice: A public hearing shall be held pursuant to the procedures set forth within Section 18.26 of this ordinance except that the public notice for said hearing shall be given by mail or delivery to all owners of real property located within 1-mile of the exterior boundaries of the subject property.

SECTION 19.109b. LOCATION, DESIGN, AND DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS FOR A CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT.

A. Impacts. All off highway vehicle usage shall occur so as to minimize adverse impacts to the surrounding community and biological resources.

B. Sensitive Viewshed. Off highway vehicle usage shall be limited to those portions of the property that are concealed, and shall avoid ridgelines, riparian areas, and other sensitive viewshed areas.

C. Minimum Parcel Size. The minimum lot size for off road vehicle operations is ten (10) acres gross in area; however, sites for commercial off highway vehicle usage is twenty (20) acres gross in area.

D. Setbacks. The outer dimensions of the off highway riding area shall be two hundred fifty (250) feet from any residence other than that of the operator, and two hundred (200) feet from the property line or right-of-way line. If subsequent development would cause an encroachment within these setbacks, the riding area must be reoriented to meet these setback requirements. No approved commercial off-highway vehicle riding area shall be located within 5 miles of any other approved off-highway vehicle riding area.

E. Maximum Number. A maximum number of four (4) off highway vehicles will be allowed to be in operation on a parcel at any one time for a noncommercial operation.

F. Hours of Operation. Off highway vehicles may be in operation between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. any day of the week during Standard Time, and 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. any day of the week during Daylight Savings Time unless other hours of operation are established per conditions of approval. No riding of off highway vehicles is permitted on the following holidays: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year¿s Day.

G. Noise. In rural areas noise may carry long distances and have a negative impact on surrounding properties. To insure that the noise impacts generated from off highway vehicle operation is minimized each site shall comply with the following requirements:

(1) The use of public address systems, loud speakers, or amplified music is prohibited.
(2) Each off highway vehicle shall include the proper muffler designed for the vehicle and comply with all government sound, noise, and safety limitations.
(3) During the operation of any off highway vehicle(s) on a parcel the maximum measurable noise level at any property line shall not exceed 65 decibels.

H. Dust. On parcels upon which off highway vehicle riding occurs, a plan for dust suppression and control shall be submitted along with any application for the off highway vehicle use described in this article.

I. Grading. Any grading activity shall meet the requirements set forth in Riverside County Ordinance No. 457

J. NPDES. If this activity will disturb one (1) acre or more or is part of a larger project that will disturb one (1) or more acres it will require a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Construction General Permit from the State Water Resources Control Board. The applicant can comply by submitting a Notice of Intent (NOI), develop and implement a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPP), and a monitoring program, and reporting plan for the project site. Clearance for any grading shall not be given until either the district or the Riverside County Department of Building and Safety has determined that the project has complied with the current County requirements regarding the NPDES Construction General Permit.

K. Fuel Storage. Fuel storage and refueling activities shall comply with the requirements of the Riverside County fire Department and Riverside County Ordinance No. 546.

L. Site Plan Requirements. Each application shall comply with the requirements specified within the Planning Department¿s Case Application Packet.

M. Permit Duration: The Conditional Use Permit shall be limited to a maximum duration of 10 years.

N. Public Hearing & Notice: A public hearing shall be held pursuant to the procedures set forth within Section 18.26 of this ordinance except that the public notice for said hearing shall be given by mail or delivery to all owners of real property located within 1-mile of the exterior boundaries of the subject property

vel at any property line shall not exceed 65 decibels.

H. Dust. On parcels upon which off highway vehicle riding occurs, a plan for dust suppression and control shall be submitted along with any application for the off highway vehicle use described in this article.

I. Grading. Any grading activity shall meet the requirements set forth in Riverside County Ordinance No. 457

J. NPDES. If this activity will disturb one (1) acre or more or is part of a larger project that will disturb one (1) or more acres it will require a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Construction General Permit from the State Water Resources Control Board. The applicant can comply by submitting a Notice of Intent (NOI), develop and implement a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPP), and a monitoring program, and reporting plan for the project site. Clearance for any grading shall not be given until either the district or the Riverside County Department of Building and Safety has determined that the project has complied with the current County requirements regarding the NPDES Construction General Permit.

K. Fuel Storage. Fuel storage and refueling activities shall comply with the requirements of the Riverside County fire Department and Riverside County Ordinance No. 546.

L. Site Plan Requirements. Each application shall comply with the requirements specified within the Planning Department¿s Case Application Packet.

M. Permit Duration: The Conditional Use Permit shall be limited to a maximum duration of 10 years.

N. Public Hearing & Notice: A public hearing shall be held pursuant to the procedures set forth within Section 18.26 of this ordinance except that the public notice for said hearing shall be given by mail or delivery to all owners of real property located within 1-mile of the exterior boundaries of the subject property