Project could boost Angels

archive_import

By MIKE MORRIS

Angels Camp planners say a large housing development proposed for the Copperopolis area could attract more businesses to the city.

Oak Canyon Ranch, a 2,675-home project with two golf courses, a resort area with shops, restaurants and hotel rooms, is proposed south of Highway 4 on both sides of Little John Road, north of Copper Cove Drive.

It's projected that the development could bring more than 7,000 new residents to Calaveras County.

"Our main thought is they may want to shop in Angels," said Amy Augustine, planning consultant to the city.

She said she suspects many Oak Canyon residents will commute to Stockton for their shopping needs, but many people could also drive north on Highway 4 to shop in Angels Camp.

Land near the intersection of highways 4 and 49 is zoned shopping-center-commercial according to the city's drafted general plan.

The developer of Frog Jump Plaza at the intersection of highways 4 and 49 has made a pitch to Wal-Mart officials to build a Super Center store on a vacant 9-acre lot he owns next to the plaza.

Angels Camp City Administrator Tim Shearer said with the addition of Oak Canyon, Angels Camp would become more marketable for new businesses.

"What Oak Canyon will do is increase the market area for stores that would have a regional draw," Shearer said.

But he said Target and Trader Joe's have told him the area is too small for their stores.

"It would definitely increase the base population that any sort of business would consider to locate here," said Kaye Simonson, the city's new planning director, said of Oak Canyon.

Even with the huge new development, the region would not be "on the radar screen" as far as Target or Trader Joe's goes, said Shearer, "But it's a step in that direction."

11515577
The Union Democrat
This image is copyrighted.

Reach all of Sonora, Calaveras County, Tuolumne, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, & Jamestown with your items to sell.

Ads appear Online and in Print

View Classifieds Place an Ad

Connect with The Union Democrat

Union Democrat Newsstand

Wednesday August 24, 2016

Read digital interactive editions of our publications

Read Today's Edition Take A Tour

More Publications by The Union Democrat

View All Publications
More than a coach

08/17/2016

Thomas Kruetzfeldt had just returned from a late afternoon run with his ... more

Cal Fire battalion chief remembered

08/15/2016

Whenever Mike Spear’s children heard of a nearby fire, they worried about ... more

Sonora area group launches a new radio station

08/18/2016

First envisioned more than a decade ago, a Sonora-area radio station with ... more

Nursed back to health, hawk flies free

08/19/2016

Sonora resident Laura Reid was driving on Tuolumne Road when she saw ... more

No immunizations, no school in California

08/17/2016

Cyndra Joaquin, cradling her three-month-old during a recent visit to the health ... more