Angels presents its future



Maps showing how Angels Camp might look in 20 years will be available to the public Thursday at an open house on the city's general plan.

That plan, which covers the next 20 years of expected growth, proposes three commercial districts, business parks and future roads including the 2.4-mile Highway 4 bypass.

Angels Camp residents can show up and see how their properties fit in with the city's plans by looking at the colored maps, and make suggestions and comments.

Each of the three commercial districts proposed would have its own design standards. The first district historic downtown will have a color palette and architecture guidelines.

The area of Main Street from the Angels Camp Museum north to Highway 4 would be "community commercial district" with doctors' offices, grocery stores and schools.

At the northern intersection of highways 4 and 49 and heading north toward San Andreas would be the "heavy commercial district."

In this district, residents would find business parks with a mix of professional offices and manufacturing facilities. There will also be businesses, such as cleaners and sandwich shops, catering to the business park's workers.

A study conducted last year lists publishing centers, concrete production and millwork as some of the city's recommended target industries.

New apartment complexes, shopping centers and a possible big-box store are all accounted for in the "heavy" district. There is a community identity element in the general plan that aims to set big-box store standards, among other guidelines.

Angels Camp City Planner Amy Augustine said each of the three districts should be unique. City officials have discussed lining Main Street with different trees and street lights that distinguish each district.

"Something so there's some indication that you're moving from one district to the next," Augustine said.

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