On August 15, the Sutter Creek City Council and Planning Commission met jointly to discuss changes to the city’s general plan. The city’s 2010 adoption of the Gold Rush Specific Plan has led to some proposed improvements in the draft general plan update, but also some weakening of environmental protections.
At the meeting, Councilman Robin Peters proposed further weakening the open space protection provisions in the draft plan. Councilman Jim Swift proposed allowing more development on ridgelines and advocated for expressly permitting mining within the city limits.
The most dramatic change discussed at the meeting was the proposed expansion of the city’s “sphere of influence” – its ultimate future boundary – to include the Martell triangle’s shopping centers, industrial park, and the Ampine particle board plant. Since it’s highly unlikely that the county would agree to that, the city council directed the planning commission to take another look.
The city council will hold more meetings to discuss the plan in the coming months before directing the completion of its environmental review. If you care about the future of Sutter Creek, now is the time to attend the council meetings and speak up for what you value.