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Public To Get Look At Calaveras Zoning Code Changes

An update of Calaveras County´s zoning code is under way and is ready for public input. The county hired the firm of Crawford, Multari, & Clark of San Luis Obispo for $100,000 to update the current code.

Meetings involving major “stakeholders” will be held in January and public meetings will be held in February.

A meeting for the agriculture community and winery stakeholders is set for 5 to 10 p.m. Jan. 27 at Mark Twain Community Hospital, Conference Room 2, in San Andreas.

Realtors, developers, engineers, contractors, and lending institutions are invited to attend the second stakeholders meeting 5 to 10 p.m. Jan. 28 at Mark Twain Community Hospital, Conference Room 2, in San Andreas.

In June supervisors held a study session on the code rewrite and told consultant Paul Crawford what they thought needed fixing.

Representatives from Calaveras Grown, the Wine Growers Association, the Farm Bureau and the Cattleman´s Association attended the meeting to ask for more flexibility to allow growers to be creative with their products and services.

Former Planning Director Kim Hansen gave Crawford a laundry list of items that needed cleaning up.

Hansen said an exemption for small remodeling jobs in planned development zones is needed because currently a resident needs Planning Commission approval to build a deck if the construction is to occur in a planned development zone.

Additionally, Hansen wanted the parking code rewritten to clearly require parking spaces as part of a proposed construction project. Other items to be reviewed are creation of an open space district, lowering special event permit fees and creating an ordinance to deal with communication towers. Additionally, Crawford said changing the zoning code could make it easier for the kind of development that the supervisors want. Back in June Crawford said the update process would take a year to complete.

Calaveras Enterprise story by Vanessa Turner. For more Calaveras news, click: calaverasenterprise.com