Why is this important?
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,
to serve the other types of land uses. In the case of jurisdictions
that have the majority of its lands held for public use, planning
for growth and economic vitality can be a challenge due to this
limited resource. Measuring the amount of land held in public use
provides insight into the possible use by residents and visitors
to the City of Sonora and Tuolumne County.
Although these public lands are not available for development they
do provide other economic benefits to Tuolumne County through natural
resources, tourism, recreation and employment.
What is the measure?
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.
How are we doing?
Approximately 76.5% of Tuolumne County’s 1,458,121 acres
are public lands. Amador County public/private land ratio is almost
the exact opposite. Of their almost 382,000 acres, approximately
24% of their county is publicly owned (USFS, BLM, Wilderness, East
Bay Municipal District, County, School District and Tribal Trust
Land), and 76% is in private ownership.
The City of Sonora is comprised of a total of 1,782 acres. Approximately 20% of these acres are public lands.
Government ownership or stewardship of public lands is usually
very stable and seldom changes substantially. While there are occasional
acquisitions for road and highway projects or similarly agencies
sell properties that are considered excess, the Tuolumne County
numbers have not changed recently.