It’s a change that is earning approval from off-road advocates and anger from groups like Community Off-road Watch.
The Morongo Basin’s county supervisors, Neil Derry and Brad Mitzelfelt, plan in a meeting as early as Jan. 26 to recommend removing the staging-permit requirement from San Bernardino County’s off-highway vehicle code, passed in 2006.
Under the current ordinance, groups of 10 to 199 people gathering to use off-highway vehicles must obtain a temporary special event permit.
The new language allows a gathering without a permit as long as the event is occurring on a lot that’s at least 2 1/2 acres, is consistent with the other provisions in the ordinance and lasts four consecutive days or less within a 30-day period.
In the past three years, six people have received 14 permits — a number the supervisors say is so low, it proves the permit itself isn’t necessary. MORE