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Calaveras General Plan Input Sought

The Calaveras County Planning Commission held a public hearing Thursday to take public comment on the draft housing element of the county´s general plan. State law requires the county to update the element every five years.

Today, the county has 22,946 housing “units” in everything from detached homes to apartments and mobilehomes. Between 2000 and 2007, based on state studies, Calaveras will need to have built another 3,289 units, mostly to accommodate a surging population.

About 40 percent of the new units will be needed by very low and low income residents, or those earning less than 40 percent of the county´s median income, according to the Central Sierra Planning Council, a regional planning agency. But, surprisingly, 40 percent also will be needed by those in the “above moderate income,” or the upper 40 percent in income.

The element looks at the county´s housing needs and ways to address them through 2007.

After receiving public comment, the commission will make a recommendation and forward it to the Board of Supervisors, which also will hold a public hearing before deciding on a final version of a new housing element. The date for that hearing has not been set, but is expected to be some time in September.

Comments on the element, which can be viewed on the county´s Web site, which you can link to by clicking here. You can mail your comments to the Planning Department, 891 Mountain Ranch, Road, San Andreas, CA 95249, or e-mailed to planningdepartment@co.calaveras.ca.us. Other information is available at the Planning Department, 754-6394.

For more on this story and other Calaveras news, click here: The Calaveras Enterprise