Land use and zoning can have a heavy impact on the people who frequent a given area. Often, when we consider zoning issues, we think about public structures like schools or privately owned buildings. However, land use and zoning extends far beyond the physical structure. Residents of California may be interested to learn that state parks officials are pushing a controversial proposal to increase the number of beaches where patrons would be required to pay for parking in the Sonoma area.
The Sonoma Coast is home to a number of beloved beach spots, and the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors adamantly adopted a resolution to oppose the parking fees nine months ago. Now, a slightly amended proposition will face a public hearing. The proposition would require that patrons pay a flat rate of $7 for parking.