General Plan Policy

This page contains the current approved 1996 Tuolumne County General Plan. For the proposed 2018 Tuolumne County General Plan, click here.

Government Code Section 65300 et seq. requires each local jurisdiction to adopt a General Plan that is comprehensive, internally consistent and long-term. State law requires that the General Plan address seven topics or “elements.” These mandatory elements are land use, circulation, housing, conservation, open space, noise and safety. In addition to the mandatory elements, each jurisdiction may include any number of optional elements in its General Plan. The General Plan is considered the constitution for growth and development within the jurisdiction.

The Tuolumne County General Plan was adopted on December 26, 1996. It has a planning horizon of 25 years. The seven mandatory elements are contained within the first six chapters. The Conservation and Open Space elements have been combined into one element. The County General Plan also includes seven optional elements: Public Facilities and Services, Recreation, Cultural Resources Management, Economic Development, Agricultural Resources, Air Quality and Community Identity. The General Plan further includes five community plans for the communities of Jamestown, Columbia, East Sonora, Tuolumne and Mountain Springs. The text of the elements and community plans can be viewed by selecting from the list below.

The Land Use Element contains land use diagrams in addition to the text available below. The land use diagrams can be viewed by visiting the GIS Division page under the Government tab on the main page of the website.

The planning horizon for the General Plan sunsets in 2020. For this reason, the County is preparing a General Plan Update. For information regarding the General Plan Update, please select the General Plan Update tab on the Planning page.

General Plan