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Sonora, CA — The Vision Sonora group met with members of the community today to gather feedback on plans for downtown Sonora development. The Vision Sonora effort is being overseen by the City of Sonora and Tuolumne County Transportation Council.

Sonora City Council member, Connie Williams, along with Community Development Director for the City of Sonora Rachelle Kellogg, and City of Sonora Administrator Tim Miller, were pleased with the turn out. Over 30 people in attendance could vote, with green dots for the most urgently needed, 27 projects and 8 different categories of programs. Blue designated a medium need and red was a long term or not immediate goal. So far parking was the most popular program and a Stewart Street public restroom was the most popular project.

Miller says, “Everyone is encouraged to come down and participate. We are looking for participation by the property owners, the businesses, the merchants, the residents in the area, and other community members both in the city and in the county.  It’s a project that will potentially effect everyone with the goal of improving the downtown to create a better retail environment, a better shopping experience, and from the city’s standpoint, not to sound selfish, some additional sales tax.”

Voting can be done at City Hall in the upstairs area from 7:30AM to 4:00PM, staff assistance will be available, for ADA accommodations contact the Community Development Director at 209 532-3508. Voting will continue through October 17th.

The Vision Sonora group will discuss the finalized count and assign priority to the proposed projects and programs on Thursday, October 23rd at 2PM. Notably, two projects in the plan have already received funding, you can click here for an earlier story detailing those projects.

Funding for the Vision Sonora project came from a $225K state grant. View the promotional and detailed poster here and the Project List is here.