I attended the Board of Supervisors meeting today to show support to Crawford and Josie Bost's attempt to make three parcels (net two new) out of the 60 plus acre parcel. I sat with Robin Cayton-Sutherland, past Supervisor of District Four. She beat Izzy Martin. Drew Be dwell who defeated Bruce Conklin of District Three won at the same time. Martin and Conklin were beat because they were part of the cabal of the pro NH 2020 leftwing's attempt to damage all Nevada County property owners property rights.
Crawford and Josie applied for a parcel map back n September 2009 and as we can see, the wheels of justice grind oh so slowly here. After $53,000 to date, the Bost's right to the Parcel Map hinged on a four dollar lock. There were fire chiefs and staff and about forty people attending from the public. The Supervisors stated that if it was a popularity contest, the letters and pro and con was running 50-50.
After about three and one half hours the Board voted 3-2 to affirm the Bost's application was in process when they changed the rules regarding gates and locks, therefore they were grandfathered. Very good decision. Very fair. I appreciated Ted Owens, Ed Scofield and Hank Weston's common sense solution. The Bost's neighbors, many of them if not all of them, live on substandard parcels in regards to the zoning minimums, were the usual suspects of naysaying. The Bost's property conforms to the zoning, the neighbors don't, yet in our system these people can actually stop a conforming use while they are non conforming. What a country! I was disappointed that Nate Beason voted no. I thought his questioning was making a good case for a yes vote, but he sure fooled me and others when he voted no. He said he hates gates. Lamphier actually was asking good questions and I was thinking his questions may lad to a yes vote, but alas, he was a no.
What I thought the neighbors wanted was a good set of alternative ways to escape in case of fire. The Bost's were giving two additional roads out. Yet these neighbors were showing us they were not really interested in anything but a no. When the fire does break out, I wonder where these naysayers will be going? The Bost's were also offering a heli-pad for emergencies in their meadow. When the ambulance is twenty minutes away and the helicopter is ten minutes away, you think the naysayer will wait for the ambulance? Well, when someone gets entwined in the land use process, California rules and local rules will take your money, your pride and your land. Property rights are fragile now, that is why we need to make sure the people can still maintain them. Thanks to George Rebane, Marty Light, Robin, Robert Ingram, the Whittlesey Brothers, Russ Steele and many more of those that still cherish the right to own and use their own property.
Oh, one more interesting note on Purdon Road (this directly affects why they needed he gate and lock). The county once said it was a through road because it goes over the Yuba to the other side. It has a weight limit which does not allow a emergency vehicle to use it. Because of that, the government declared Purdon a dead end road! Even though it isn't. Well, you decide if that is dopey or not.