Amador County has published the results of its September 27 general plan workshop. The workshop was the county's first use of instant voting keypads to record attendees' opinions.
Results support town-centered, slow growth
In general, the attendees favored
- Slow, town-centered growth
- An economic development focus on small business
- Guiding growth to where fire protection, sewer and public water are available
- Green building and low-impact development standards for new construction
- Voluntary conservation easements to protect wildlife habitat
- Mixed-use development rather than big-box anchored shopping centers
- More agricultural tourism
- Locating stores and services near existing communities.
Attendees opposed the idea of creating a new town as a focus for new growth.
Attendees were county landowners
More than three-quarters of the workshop attendees live in the county's unincorporated area. 96 percent are landowners. Fifty percent of the attendees have lived in the county for more than 20 years. Seventy-nine percent of attendees work in the county or are retired.