The Placer County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday adopted an urgency ordinance establishing parking restrictions on portions of Mears Drive in North Auburn.
The two-lane, rural county maintained roadway has seen an increase in off pavement parking with the increased popularity of the county’s Hidden Falls Regional Park. On weekends and holidays when the weather is warm and spring-like, the park’s parking lot has been filling to capacity and visitors have been parking on Mears Drive which serves adjacent residential properties as well as Hidden Falls.
With little shoulder room for vehicles to park off the roadway, the narrow road is becoming difficult to maneuver and at times dangerous when normal traffic flow becomes impaired and access to the area by emergency vehicles can be affected.
Placer County Facility Services Department staff received numerous calls from neighboring property owners regarding safety concerns from parking along Mears Drive. Many residents requested the county install “No Parking” signs to eliminate overflow parking into their rural community. Public Works staff contacted the property owners with frontage along Mears Drive to offer an opportunity to comment on a no parking ordinance. The majority of the feedback has been in support of a parking restriction.
On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors, on a recommendation from Facility Services, conducted a public hearing and adopted the parking prohibition ordinance. In adopting an urgency ordinance parking restriction are effective immediately.
Parks staff suggests the public carefully plan their visits the popular park and visit on weekdays or early mornings on weekends and holidays, and to carpool. Placer County is fortunate to have many outdoor areas with miles of trails that are managed by the county, State Parks, Bureau of Land Management, neighboring counties, and others, to provide ample open space and multiuse trails for residents and guests to enjoy.