Sutter County has spent the past year working toward updating its trucking ordinance and will look to adopt the recommended amendments following a public hearing today. 

The county has seen an uptick in complaints from its residents over the past several years regarding the development and operation of commercial truck yards, particularly along Highway 99 south of Yuba City. Complaints over safety, environmental impacts, inadequate roads, aesthetics and noise, among others, prompted officials to look at the existing ordinance and zoning code to see what areas could be updated to satisfy both residents and commercial trucking companies.

Officials first established an ad-hoc committee to study the issues in August 2017. The committee returned to the board with recommendations last December, which were forwarded to the planning commission for consideration. The planning commission approved the recommended changes in May. The county also met with representatives from both sides of the issue to find middle ground on the changes being presented to the board.

“This is a kind of compromise ordinance that establishes some truck standards, such as preventing mud from getting on roads, providing pavement and gravel yards, classifying truck yards, etc.,” said Steve Smith, interim county administrator. 

The proposed changes would revise the county’s definition of a general truck yard to separate them into two categories – small and large – and establishes development standards for both. It would establish a noise ordinance – including regulations, standards and exceptions – that would allow the county to address noise complaints as they arise.

“Trucking is a great industry for the community, but we cannot keep going down the road without regulations in place,” said Supervisor Mat Conant, who was also a member of the ad-hoc committee back in March.

Other changes being considered today during the public hearing include amending the county’s development standards for accessory dwelling units in an effort to maximize the permitting of affordable housing options; allowing temporary occupancy of a recreational vehicle on a property where a home is being built so long as certain standards are met; amending the county’s parking requirements for recreational vehicles and boats; and other miscellaneous technical revisions. 

Any approved zoning code changes would take effect 30 days after adoption of the ordinance, or as early as July 11. 

Today’s public hearing will be during the board’s regular meeting, which starts at 3 p.m. inside the Hall of Records building, 466 Second St., Yuba City.

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