PRIVATE LAND USE
Why is this important?
Land use is considered to be one of the more important
aspects of a community’s development. Land use
designations, which are established through each
jurisdiction’s General Plan, will determine what parcels
of land are available for housing, business, industry, open
space, and public uses. These designations are intended
to make efficient use of the land and promote a functional
development pattern with varied, but compatible,
What is the measure?
The California Government Code established the
requirement of a General Plan for all California cities
and counties. It also stated that a General Plan is to
include a land use element that designates the proposed
general distribution, general location, and extent of land
available for both private and public uses. 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 each specific
land use. Measuring the amount of land that has been
designated by each classification of use provides insight
into the future growth of Tuolumne County and the city
How are we doing?
Currently 10,642 parcels of vacant private land within
the County of Tuolumne, and 407 parcels of vacant
privately held land exist within the city of Sonora. These
parcels can be utilized for the specific uses allowed under
the land use designation. The majority of parcels still
vacant within the county of Tuolumne as well as the city
of Sonora are designated for residential purposes.