Riverside Hearing On Property Use

Paul Carruthers | March 15, 2006

The following is from M.O.M.S (Mothers of Moto Sports)…

It’s time to let your voices be heard!

Please join us at 4080 Lemon Street, Riverside, CA, March 28th 10:30 a.m., at which time we will join the discussion with the Board of Supervisors and try to preserve our private property rights in this county.

You are in danger of losing your right and your children’s right to operate OHV’s on private property. This may be the last chance you have to help direct your future property rights. As a property owner, or a guest of a property owner your ability to operate any OHV in a reasonable manner may be finished!

The Off-Road Business Association (ORBA), The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), EcoLogic, The Blue Ribbon Coalition (BRC), Jeremy McGrath and his legal team, myself and many other concerned citizens have struggled for the past 18 months to work towards developing a responsible OHV ordinance while working closely with the Riverside County Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors. An ordinance that is fair to both OHV users and non-users. At our last meeting, however, Supervisors tossed out our work and Supervisor Bob Buster stated that OHV activity is just NOT COMPATIBLE with the rural life style and may have NO place in rural Riverside County. There was discussion of HEAVY FEES and requiring PERMITS to operate OHV’s on private property. That’s right, 50’s to 450’s! CONDITIONAL USE PERMITS may be required, which would virtually eliminate OHV use because of the expense associated with obtaining these permits. They say the HEAVY FEES would be used to offset the costs of new equipment and code enforcement officers to aggressively respond to OHV complaints on private property. We suggest that the County ENFORCE THE CURRENT LAWS, such as trespassing, fugitive dust, and nuisance noise, and not unreasonably restrict OHV use. So, Moms, Dads, Grandpa’s and Grandma’s please come and bring the kids dressed in their gear. Speak out, let the kids speak out. This day could be an excellent civics lesson.

Some property owners / residents of Riverside County, such as MX champions Jeremy McGrath and Rick Johnson, as well as other professional racers Nathan Ramsey, Ryan Hughes and Ryan Villapoto will be signing autographs from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with Supervisors meeting to follow.


Paul Carruthers | Editor

Paul Carruthers took over as the editor of Cycle News in 1993 after serving as associate editor since starting his career at the publication in 1985. Carruthers has covered every facet of the sport in his near-28-year tenure at America's Daily Motorcycle News Source.