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Nuisance Ordinance Revision
"The Purpose of the committee is to work with Washoe County
staff to prepare draft ordinances to regulate nuisances in unincorporated Washoe
County and provide more efficient and effective administrative enforcement
tools." washoe county website
I attended a CAB meeting awhile back where it was explained by
the county rep that there are now several different agencies that handle various
"nuisance" complaints with different rules, procedures and penalties. They
desire a one agency approach with a standard procedure and correction process
for all defined nuisances. A citizen committee has been formed, has been meeting
and is drawing up a list of what they consider nuisances. If you want to
influence this process, here is some information to help you get involved.
East Washoe Valley Nuisance Committee member:
West Washoe Valley Nuisance Committee members: Jane Countryman
Debbi Sheltra 882-4500
Citizen Committee website
April 5th Meeting Agenda
This meeting will allow for public testimony and a review of the
March 23, 2007 From the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza:
The county's nuisance ordinance will likely
not be in place by the end of summer, as county officials had previously
indicated. However, local representatives on the commission reviewing the
ordinance are hopeful that new interest from the general public will help push
"We're four meetings down and we haven't even gotten into the specific
ordinances," Washoe County Commission Citizen Committee representative Jacquie
Chandler said. "What we're experiencing is not what we were told to expect."
Bob Sell, who serves as an alternate on the commission, was also frustrated with
the lack of progress but found more room for optimism.
"It's become pretty clear that this will be a much longer process than we
anticipated," he said. "It's not that things got bogged down, it's that things
have focused more on enforcement, rather than defining what a nuisance is
The citizen's commission was formed earlier this year to review proposed
revisions to the county's nuisance ordinance, which is expected to include
area-specific regulations for the first time. It is also considering a separate
proposal to enforce a number of ordinances through county-appointed
administrators, instead of the legal system.
"Some people have gotten way bogged down in the weeds on the details of
enforcement ordinance... but we're progressing," county Community Development
Planning Manager Bob Webb said. "One of the things the group will be talking
about at the next meeting is revising time frame and setting a new goal for when
they will complete their work."
The county's current one-size-fits-all ordinance has been widely criticized for
applying identical standards to areas with completely different needs. Sun
Valley and North Tahoe residents, for instance, may have completely different
standards when it comes to regulations on animals, the number of parked vehicles
in one's yard or real-estate signage.
Though Sell and Chandler both questioned the decision to address the enforcement
issue before deciding what should be enforced, they agreed the best thing
Incline Village and Crystal Bay residents could do now is to create a complete
package of ordinances for the North Shore that they could present to the
commission as a finished product.
Incline resident Andrew Whyman tried to kick-start that process with a pair of
community meetings held in Incline Village on Wednesday. Though part of the
purpose of the meeting was to give residents an opportunity to voice their
opinions about what the new ordinance should regulate, Whyman cautioned that
venting without organization was unlikely to give people what they wanted.
"Some people have an issue with noise, some with light pollution, some with
signs and some with cars," Whyman said. "One of the reasons why I wanted to get
people together is that simply submitting your gripe isn't going to get us very
Incline resident Paul Guttman said that the task may be less daunting than it
might appear at first, since the village could simply adapt language already in
place in similar communities, such as Mammoth Lakes.
By end of the meetings there was a consensus that the issue would best be
pursued by through the local Citizen's Advisory Board, which has scheduled a
discussion of the ordinance for its next meeting on April 4.
"The CAB's function is be the liaison between the community and the Washoe
County commissioners, so an issue like this - where community input is vital -
is exactly the sort of thing that we've been entrusted with," Incline
Village-Crystal Bay CAB chairman Rick Jones said.