Sonora, CA – The Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors have set a new date for a hearing regarding the contentious Stone Mill Center project in Columbia.
As reported here, the project entails a16,000 square ft. retail center proposed at the intersection of Parrotts Ferry Road and Union Hill Road. The hearing is a result of an appeal filed by the group Citizens For Responsible Growth. At its Tuesday meeting, the board decided to hold the hearing on Tuesday, April 4th at 6 p.m. in the supervisor’s chambers in Sonora. While applauding the night time hour, which will allow for more people to attend, a representative of Claud’s Columbia Market located on Parrotts Ferry Road, questioned the location and its size, stating, “I would encourage the board to change the venue. Mainly because I have over 300 signatures on a petition at the store…That’s just one petition that we have signed and so there is a lot of interest.”
Another crowd member echoed that concern indicating he also had a petition with 150 signatures and that it is mainly a Columbia issue. Supervisor Karl Rodefer noted that the chamber holds at least 250 people and Board Chair Sherri Brennan, added, “I do think that it is actually a conversation that is more than just the residents of Columbia, but certainly the residents of the northern part of Sonora and potentially some residents from Jamestown…so I think that it is appropriate to hold here [Supervisor’s Chambers].
The supervisors also decided that a three minute limit will be placed on speakers, while not allowing for that time to be transferred to others.
Click here to read a blog from the Tuolumne County Business Council in support of the project.