Copper land use
plan again up for discussion
Published: October 7,
The Copperopolis Community Plan
is available for public review online at www.co.calaveras.ca.us. Copies of the
plan are also available for review at the Calaveras County Library in San
Andreas and the Copperopolis Branch Library. Public comments on the plan can be
mailed or delivered to the Calaveras County Planning Department, 891 Mountain
Ranch Road, San Andreas, CA 95249. They can also be sent via e-mail to
By CHRIS NICHOLS
Copperopolis residents will have a second chance to discuss a plan likely
to shape growth in their community for the next generation or more.
A second town hall meeting on the
Copperopolis Community Plan is set for 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday night at the
town's armory on Main Street.
three dozen residents, developers and Calaveras County officials met Sept. 16 to
discuss the plan, which provides guidelines for where the town should grow and
what will be needed to accommodate that growth.
Before the plan is made final, an environmental review must
be done. And the county's Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors must
approve the review and the community plan.
A map included in the plan suggests land-use designations for large
swaths of land north and adjacent to Tulloch Reservoir, an area of about 39
Most of the land near the
reservoir is marked for residential use or "master planned" residential and
commercial development. Outlying areas are marked for rural residential and
light industrial use.
Noting that much
of the reservoir's shore is already lined with homes, some residents at the
Sept. 16 meeting asked how the plan would limit future growth there.
"I'd like to know that I'm not going to
see Tahoe right on Tulloch," said Karen Tafjen, who lives at the Copper Cove
subdivision, alongside the reservoir, speaking Sept. 16.
Russ Thomas, chairman of the Copperopolis Community Plan
Committee, said the plan limits the maximum development density near the
reservoir and in surrounding areas.
Those restrictions would cap Copperopolis' population at 40,000 people,
far fewer than the 100,000 county planners estimate could fit in the area under
current density allowances, Thomas said.
"We're downsizing significantly," Thomas said, after the meeting Sept.
16. "This is the comfort level we've come up with."
Still, not everyone was satisfied with the plan, which was
released earlier in the month.
Tulloch Resort owner Andreas Abramson said designating land near the reservoir —
especially a large section along the southwestern shores — for master planned
development, like the recently approved Oak Canyon Ranch project — was the wrong
That project would include
both homes and commercial construction. He said he does not believe there will
be enough customers to support more reservoir-area businesses. That land, he
said, should be zoned for 20-acre rural residential homes.
Nichols at firstname.lastname@example.org or 588-4585.