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Seeking approval from Calaveras County supervisors, Oak Canyon Ranch´s developer will attempt to clear the project´s final governmental hurdle today.

The 3,251-acre development passed its first hurdle Dec. 4 when planning commissioners approved the project´s specific plan, development agreement, and supplemental environmental impact report.

“I have many questions,” Supervisor Merita Callaway said about the project coming to the board. Callaway attended the Planning Commission meeting.

The commission recommended that supervisors look at the mitigation measure involving Highway 108/120 in Tuolumne County. After receiving a letter from Tuolumne County, commission members felt the mitigation measures need to include requiring the developer to contribute a fair share for road maintenance and development.

If approved by supervisors, Oak Canyon Ranch near Copperopolis would eventually create 2,275 single-family homes, 103 resort/lodge rooms, 11 motel rooms, and 704 townhouses, 300,000 square feet of retail space, two golf courses, a 19-acre community park, a 5,000-square-foot county library, a 1,500-square-foot community hall/ center, 2,000 square feet of county offices, a 1,500-square-foot sheriff´s substation, 1,039 acres of open space, and acreage for an elementary and a high school.

The project would be south of Highway 4 on both sides of Little John Road, north of Copper Cove Drive.

Oak Canyon Ranch documents are posted on the county Web site at or at the county Planning Department. They are also available at the Copperopolis, San Andreas, and Valley Springs libraries.

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