Calaveras County General Plan
MyValleySprings.com and the Calaveras Planning Coalition support a comprehensive update of the Calaveras County General Plan.
Why does the county need a new General Plan?
The Calaveras County General Plan is our "constitution for land use". At Supervisor Study Sessions in January and March, 2006, dozens of citizens stood up and spoke to Supervisors about planning and infrastructure problems in the county. They described inadequacies and inconsistencies in the General Plan. Many of the citizens who spoke out were members of the Calaveras Planning Coalition. Our Supervisors listened.
In April, 2006, the Supervisors hired a consultant, Mintier & Associates, to study our existing general plan. In October, 2006, Mintier's General Plan Evaluation report concluded that our general plan "does not meet statutory requirements and is of limited use as a guide for day-to-day decision making concerning land use, development, and public protection."
A county Staff Report, November 29, 2006, agreed, “The County contracted with Mintier and Associates to prepare an evaluation of the general plan and develop a work plan for preparation of the update. The evaluation report, dated October 12, 2006, states that the general plan does not meet the statutory requirements of the state Government Code.” The Calaveras County Board of Supervisors adopted a General Plan Update Work Program on December 4, 2006.
General Plan Update in progress!
"Project "kickoff" was April 2007. Public workshops were held in 2006 and 2007. Communities began giving input to the county for community plan updates and inclusion. Draft General Plan Baseline Report and Issues and Opportunities Report were issued in 2008. Additional Elements were added for Water, Economic, and Agriculture.
The General Plan Alternatives Report was released in February 2010, followed by Community Workshops in April. The Housing Element was updated and adopted in June 2010; and updated again in May 2015. The Preliminary Draft Environmental Impact Report Settings Section was released in December 2012. Draft Land Use Maps were released for comment in late 2012 and early 2013.
In December, 2014, a Calaveras County Draft General Plan & Land Use Map was released for public review. From July 2015 through September 2016, the Calaveras County Planning Commission reviewed and edited the draft plan and land use map. On October 4, 2016, the Board of Supervisors adopted the Planning Commission's recommendations as the Project Description for preparation of a General Plan Update Environmental Impact Report (EIR). In January 2017, a Notice of Preparation was issued for the EIR and Scoping Comments were accepted. A draft EIR is expected to be released for comment in 2017.
For all General Plan Presentation Materials, Reports, Draft Elements and Land Use Maps, Public Comments, and the latest General Plan Update information, visit the links below.
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What happens while the General Plan is being updated?
Current Board of Supervisors Discretionary Development Policy
1. All divisions of land will be served by public surface water and public sewer with the exception of those projects where: (a) all parcels to be created are in excess of 40 acres; or (b) only one additional parcel is being created. Remainder parcels shall be counted as an additional parcel; and
(**Board of Supervisors, County of Calaveras, State of California, RESOLUTION ADOPTING POLICY REGARDING CRITERIA FOR DISCRETIONARY DEVELOPMENT PROJECT APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED PENDING COMPLETION OF THE GENERAL PLAN UPDATE WORK PROGRAM AND ASSOCIATED ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT, Resolution No. 07-242, November 27, 2007)
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