Calaveras County officially began updating its general plan over six years ago and the county is still hard at work. Rebecca Willis, who follows a long line of short-tenured county planning directors, has certainly added some speed to the update process. In the last month alone she has submitted revised draft land-use designation maps and created online access for the public to view the potential map changes. To view the maps, go to http://www.co.calaveras.ca.us/cc/GIS.aspx
At the recent board of supervisors hearings, there was extensive discussion of minimum parcel sizes and the use of clustering as a planning tool to protect agricultural lands. Clustering is a term used for grouping homes and other permitted development in close proximity rather than scattered across a piece of property, usually to retain open space. This latest board discussion is part of the overall issue of how to best preserve open space and agricultural lands while at the same time allowing for some development to occur.
In 2002 the Foothill Conservancy published a booklet called Tools for Protecting Open Space in Amador County. These tools can be useful for the Amador and Calaveras counties general plan updates going on now. For a free download copy, or call 295-4900.