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CSERC To Sue Tuolumne County Over General Plan?

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Sonora, CA — Tuolumne County’s new General Plan could soon see a lawsuit from a Twain Harte based environmental organization.

The board of supervisors unanimously approved the General Plan Update on January 3, and the following day it was filed with the county clerk. That move initiated a 30-day statute of limitations for filing of a CEQA lawsuit challenging its Environmental Impact Report. The General Plan serves as a constitution for growth and development.

Board Chair Karl Rodefer confirms to Clarke Broadcasting that a lawsuit is anticipated. He says, “We did get notified, through a letter, that CSERC does intend to sue about the EIR. We don’t have any details. It was just a notification letter. We’re looking forward to seeing what the details are, and we’ll deal with it. I’m pretty confident that our General Plan is a tight plan.”

CSERC is the acronym for the Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center.

The General Plan Update had been in the works for the better half of a decade. It was also endorsed by the Tuolumne County Planning Commission. Arguments were made that the old plan was outdated and in need of a revamp.

CSERC Director John Buckley was not immediately available for comment regarding the letter. He had argued during public hearings that the plan leaned too ‘pro-development.’

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