Tulloch task force off to late start

May 28, 2003 12:00 am

By SCOTT PESZNECKER

A task force with the goal of establishing long-term development guidelines at Tulloch Reservoir will get started a little late — actually, about two months late.

But task force coordinator Victoria Erickson said all the work will be finished on schedule — by the end of June.

The group is getting a late start because its 17 members had a hard time coordinating schedules, Erickson said.

So, instead of having four shorter meetings, there will be two daylong gatherings on June 10 and 24, both at the Calaveras Senior Center in San Andreas.

"Our hope is that at the end of the second full day, we will have some guidelines to present to the (Calaveras County) Board of Supervisors for us to adopt," said Erickson, the District 5 supervisor.

The task force will study the county's control over the reservoir, safety and law enforcement on the water, property rights of Tulloch area landowners and shoreline management guidelines.

The task force was formed with the hopes of guiding future development at the reservoir and, as a more short-term goal, ending the moratorium on new docks at the reservoir.

Hundreds of Copperopolis houses line the reservoir's shore. While approved subdivisions such as Saddle Creek and Copper Cove continue to be built, another called Tuscany Hills has been proposed. Most of the shoreline houses have private docks.

With all the development on the horizon, Erickson and many Copperopolis residents want to know how that growth will be managed.

The reservoir's growth potential is also what spurred Tri-Dam, the utilities district that manages the reservoir, to issue the year-old dock moratorium.

Tri-Dam officials have said they won't lift it until Calaveras County adopts a plan to guide future development, and even then, General Manager Steve Felte said, the task force's work might not be enough.

"It's going to have to be the judgment of the board of how far they've gone," Felte said.