Tuolumne County Profile - Community Indicators Project
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Economy & Infrastructure - Tuolumne County Profile
Tuolumne County Economy & Infrastructure


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, land uses.

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 of Sonora.

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.

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