Tuolumne County planning input sought

Union Democrat staff /

Tuolumne County in the coming weeks will seek public input on long-term planning changes to encourage denser growth patterns.

The county's Community Resources Agency will present recommended changes to the General Plan, Ordinance Code and other planning documents related to the sometimes controversial Tuolumne Tomorrow plan that is meant to serve as a blueprint for future growth.

The CRA will hold a public workshop and presentation on the issue May 6 at the Groveland library and May 7 at the Board of Supervisors chambers in Sonora.

The county will also accept public comments on the proposals, which will be available to view at the county website orin person, through June 3.

The proposals include a lengthy list of planning changes recommended by the CRA and Rincon Consultants that would shape the county's policies in the spirit of the Tuolumne Tomorrow blueprint document. Approved in August by a split Board of Supervisors, the blueprint was meant to lay the foundation for building, transportation, planning and growth patterns in the coming decades.

The blueprint recommended the county direct growth by focusing on building denser residential and more centralized urban development. The idea, according to the blueprint, is to encourage and plan around distinctive communities with increased infill and mixed-use development around community cores. That strategy would be favored over building new roads and utility lines to build new communities out of nothing, according to the proposals.

The proposal would put recommendations into multiple county plans that set land-use policies.

Though it was adopted, the growth blueprint was controversial among the supervisors and some in the community who said it would restrict private property rights and tie the hands of the building industry.

Public meetings:

Presentations on plans for future growth and health inTuolumne County, 5:30 to 7 p.m. May 6 at the Groveland Library and 1:30 p.m. May 7 in the Board of Supervisors Chambers, fourth floor of the County Administration Building, 2 S. Green St., Sonora. An analysis and overview of the recommended changes to county planning documents can be read online at tuolumnecounty.ca.gov or by visiting the Community Resources Agency, 48 W. Yaney Ave., Sonora.

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