(Victor Valley)– – The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors today adopted measures to make it easier for certain businesses to operate in the County by eliminating an onerous parking requirement for mountain restaurants and streamlining the permitting process for filming that involves pyrotechnics or explosives.
“These changes are common-sense measures that recognize the diverse and unique nature of certain communities, especially in the mountains, and demonstrate the commitment by this Board of Supervisors and your county government to be responsive to the needs of our business community,” said First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt.
Several mountain businesses that serve food were being affected by a requirement that they have a minimum of 10 parking spaces. The county development code, adopted in 2007, took a one-size-fits-all approach and did not accommodate the unique geographic constraints of the mountain communities. Due to the terrain, it was sometimes impossible to meet the parking requirement in mountain communities, even though a business may have been functioning successfully for years.
The Supervisors amended the development code to allow restaurants that meet certain criteria in mountain communities to have a minimum of four parking spaces, instead of 10.
The Board also eliminated the requirement that film crews get a permit from the Sheriff Department’s Arson/Bomb unit, provided crews employ someone with a valid pyrotechnic and special effects license from the State Fire Marshal and/or an explosives license from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
“Most people are unaware of how popular our county is as a location for movies, commercials and videos, and anything we can do to make it easier for film crews to operate will generate revenue for the numerous local businesses that cater to the industry,” said Supervisor Mitzelfelt.