Public land use
Why is this important?
The growth and development of a community is
dependent upon the amount and location of land that is
available for various uses. A community is comprised of
a variety of land uses, such as residential, commercial,
industrial, and recreational. A significant amount of land
is also devoted to public uses, such as parks and schools.
In the case of jurisdictions that have the majority of
their lands held for public use, planning for growth and
economic vitality can be a challenge due to this limited
What is the measure?
The amount of land that is engaged in existing uses or
available for new development can be measured by the
amount of acreage that has been designated for a specific
use or range of uses by the county or city. Public lands
for both the city of Sonora and Tuolumne County are
included within the public and parks and recreation
designations under their respective General Plans.
Measuring the amount of land that is held in public use
provides insight into the opportunity for future growth
within Tuolumne County and the city of Sonora.
How are we doing?
While public lands are not available for commercial or
residential development, they provide other economic
benefits to Tuolumne County through natural resources,
tourism, recreation, and employment.
The city of Sonora is comprised of 1,812 acres.
Approximately 21% of these acres are public lands.
Tuolumne County is comprised of a total of 1,458,121
acres. Approximately 79% of these acres are public lands.