By Robin Joy Maxson
The County’s newly updated Equine Ordinance clearly defines the line between horse stables (a business) and horse keeping (private horse activity). For those with small to mid-sized horse stable operations this ordinance is an improvement to the previous blanket requirement of obtaining a Major Use Permit for those in the horse “business.”
The time and expense involved with the Major Use Permit process discouraged creation and growth of small to mid-sized horse stables during a time when we should be doing all we can to encourage small businesses.
County staff aggressively reached out to the horse community – educating themselves through on-site tours of horse operations (learning about manure and fly management!) and remaining open to learning about this important industry for our town.
Of special note is Carl Stiehl who presented to the Ramona Trails Association and the Ramona Community Planning Group. Carl spent significant time answering detailed questions from concerned horse owners on how this new process would work and relating why this was an improvement over the previous Equine Ordinance.
For additional information on the Equine Ordinance the County’s webpage is: http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/pds/advance/Equine.html