Create ordinance to allow UTVs on Johnson County Iowa Secondary Roads

Create ordinance to allow UTVs on Johnson County Iowa Secondary Roads

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Johnson Cty Recreational Vehicle Association started this petition to Johnson County Iowa Board of supervisors

The Johnson County Recreational Vehicle Association is a group of dedicated individuals who love the outdoors and want to promote the recreational activity of UTV and ATV riding in Johnson County, Iowa.  

We want to work with local officials to pass an ordinance to gain access to our county’s scenic secondary road system (not state or federal highways). Let's be clear...we're not asking to ride in Iowa City or Coralville.  All counties surrounding Johnson have since passed an ordinance, so we would need a way to get from north to south, or east to west. 

The ordinance is at no cost to the county taxpayers, yet it can help boost small town businesses and keep tourism dollars within the county. In fact, several businesses have already identified they back this ordinance 100%. 

We’ve established Town Ambassadors to engage with citizens, businesses, and city councils throughout the county. This allows for direct contact with our group if issues arise. We already have the support of many small towns in our county. 

We’ve established a Safety Council to work with the local fire departments, Sheriff’s department, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to promote safety through sponsored young rider classes and emergency management training. We can also help the county in the event of natural disasters or other emergency situations. We already have the support of many fire departments in our county, as well as support from the DNR who would provide signage at no cost to the county for the road systems.

Currently there are over 60 counties within the state that offer a similar ordinance. With many being in place for a few years and have been successful since their adoption. Other counties are also actively pursuing an ordinance. We would hope that the ordinance in Johnson County would be a similar set of regulations that match neighboring counties.

The average person spends approximately $145 / day (excluding lodging) to leave the county to ride in Wisconsin. Many are also traveling to neighboring counties, who have an ordinance in place, for weekend trips.

ATVs and UTVs must be registered through the state/county, bringing additional revenue to the county. 

I, the undersigned, am in favor of passing an ordinance in Johnson County to allow for UTVs and ATVs on the secondary roads of our county. Let's inform the Board of Supervisors of our wishes and let our voices be heard. 

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