With an increase in the number of home-based snow removal businesses in residential neighborhoods in recent years, Placer County has recognized a need to regulate this activity to ensure that community needs are balanced with the needs of neighborhood residents. To date, there is no language in the Placer County Code that sets parameters regarding the operation of this seasonal industry, including standards that address equipment size, storage requirements, storm event exceptions, land use permits, noise limitations, and off-street parking standards. Clearly articulated requirements will ensure that the vital snow removal service is provided to Placer County residents, while respecting the integrity of residential neighborhoods.
The Placer County Planning Department will make two informational presentations on draft language for a new ordinance on storage of snow removal equipment in residential areas. The draft ordinance will be presented to the Squaw Valley Municipal Advisory Council meeting as an information item on Thurs., April 30, 2009 at 6 p.m. The next presentation will be at the regular meeting of the North Tahoe Regional Advisory Council (NTRAC) on Thurs., May 14, 2009, also at 6 p.m.
The draft ordinance will apply to those elevations in Placer County above 5,000 feet. The ordinance will be an informational item at both meetings and neither council will make any recommendations.
The Squaw Valley MAC meets at the Squaw Valley Fire Department meeting room, 305 Squaw Valley Rd., Olympic Valley. The location of the NTRAC meeting has not yet been finalized.
Copies of the draft ordinance will be available at the meetings. However, those wishing to review the draft ordinance prior to the meeting can view it by clicking on the following link: Snow Removal Equipment Ordinance.
For additional information, please contact the Planning Department at 530 745-3000.