SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted Wednesday to reconsider zoning regulations and permit fees for ranches, horse breeders and trainers and other equestrian facilities.
Supervisor Dianne Jacob said existing regulations, in place since 1978, are out of date.
"It is important that the county of San Diego makes certain that the equine industry continues to have a vital role in our rural communities and operates under regulations that are appropriate and fair," she said.
The supervisors directed county staffer to work with horse owners in evaluating current regulations, which Jacob called "costly and burdensome," and make recommendations for a new approach.
Supervisor Greg Cox said that, while he doesn't ride horses, he knows the equestrian community is important in areas such as Bonita and the Tijuana River Valley.
"The last time I was on a horse, he decided he didn't want me on it," Cox joked.
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