Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is Tuolumne Tomorrow?
Tuolumne Tomorrow is the Regional Blueprint Planning process that will define a regional vision for land use and transportation in Tuolumne County across the next few decades.
2. What are the stages of the Blueprint Planning process?
- Setting the Stage: An introduction to Blueprint Planning goals, objectives, and public outreach.
- Community Awareness and Engagement: Raise awareness about Tuolumne Tomorrow throughout the community and identify values and priorities.
- Identify the Possibilities: Develop alternative growth scenarios and evaluate options.
- Select Preferred Growth Scenario: Community-wide voting.
- Consensus Building: Present results of community outreach and voting.
3. Why do we need a Regional Blueprint Plan?
Tuolumne County is a special place. It has a rich, diverse population with communities that value rural and calm landscapes while accommodating suburban and regional growth. Tuolumne County’s population is expected to increase by 25,000 in coming years. With such growth come challenges and questions:
- Where will our roads go?
- What type(s) of housing should be built and where?
- How will this growth affect our natural environment?
- Are there ways we can minimize impacts created by development?
4. Why do Tuolumne County and the City of Sonora want to engage in Blueprint Planning?
Both agencies recognize the potential and opportunity with coordinated planning efforts. Local policy-leaders in Tuolumne County are dedicated to improving the quality of life for its residents while promoting and growing the local economy. This long-range planning effort will help guide County and City decision-makers as they address the changing needs of our communities.
5. Is a Blueprint Plan the same as a General Plan?
No, a Blueprint Plan is a community visioning process. It is intended to act as a guide for future planning documents, including the General Plan, but it is not itself a legally binding plan.
6. Where can I get more information about Tuolumne Tomorrow?
Attend one (or more) of our upcoming workshops! See the News & Events tab for upcoming events. This is absolutely the best way to learn more about the Blueprint planning process and to provide your input. More meeting dates and materials will be added throughout the process, so check back often. You may also feel free to contact us at (209) 533-5557 or e-mail Transportation Council for more information. For a copy of the Draft Tuolumne County Regional Blueprint report, click here!
7. Once a Preferred Alternative is selected by the Board of Supervisors, what's next?
The TCTC has recieved additional grant funds from Caltrans to update the Regional Transportation Plan to be consistent with the preferred growth alternative. The Community Resource Agency will use grant funding to identify areas of the General Plan that could be amended to be consistent with the Preferred Growth Scenario.