COMMUNITY PLAN BACKGROUND
2005-2008 Community Planning in Valley Springs
In early 2007, in partnership with Foothill Conservancy, MyValleySprings.com hosted a series of educational Valley Springs town hall meetings about smart growth, transportation planning, and watershed management/ land use planning. Professionals from the Local Government Commission and the Calaveras Council of Governments shared presentations, photos, circulation planning maps, information and ideas about land use planning and community development with area residents, and answered questions. These meetings coincided with Calaveras County’s “kickoff” for the county’s General Plan Update in April 2007. Communities began giving input to the county for community plan updates and inclusion in the general plan.
Following the three educational meetings, MyValleySprings.com and the LGC presented a two-part Valley Springs ‘Community Design Workshop’ in October 2007. Area residents & stakeholders looked toward the future to describe their visions for Valley Springs, and listed community priorities and values. They toured downtown and worked on planning map concepts. The LGC prepared a summary report of Valley Springs workshop results with photos and draft ideas maps. Click here for 'Valley Springs Community Design Workshops Summary of Results' for October 2007. The Summary Report was presented to the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors in January 2008, for input and inclusion in community sections of the General Plan update. Click here for Press release.
In January 2008, MVS invited a graduate student researcher and community liaison from University of California, Davis to prepare a Baseline Data Report on information about the Valley Springs area to inform the creation of an updated Community Plan for Valley Springs. In February 2008, MyValleySprings.com hosted a public meeting and led a ‘call to action’ for a community-based Valley Springs community plan update. Public support was high, and residents formed a new group, the Greater Valley Springs Advisory Group (GVSAG), to begin work on an update,. The GVSAG held public meetings, created a website, and posted draft visions and boundary options for community review and feedback from March-June 2008.
On June 26, Colleen Hiner, the graduate student intern from the University of California, Davis, presented the Valley Springs Community Planning Baseline Report to area residents at a meeting of the Greater Valley Springs Advisory Group (GVSAG). The report is the culmination of six months of research. Its purpose was “to document current progress on community planning in Valley Springs while identifying productive pathways for expressing community voices and preferences within the County’s planning processes.” Click here to read the June 8th, 2008 ‘Valley Springs Community Planning Baseline Report’ with photos. Click here to read the July press release and description of the report
Current Community Planning in Valley Springs
Food for Thought: What is the Valley Springs community area?
La Contenta and Gold Creek have homeowners association CC&Rs but no community plan—this is designated a county "community center" (a "black hole" on county land use maps, like Wallace and Burson). A “community center” allows commercial, light industrial, multiple- and single-family residential within its boundary, but has no “plan”. Residents of Rancho Calaveras wrote their own “Special Plan” to protect their rural residential neighborhood from commercial encroachment. If La Contenta, Gold Creek, or Rancho Calaveras were to be folded into a larger community plan area, their CC&Rs and Special Plan land use protections would remain in place. By being part of a larger community plan area, residents of many neighborhoods could benefit from a stronger sense of community and could have additional layers of protection and control over land use planning.
To view Valley Springs Community Plan area questionnaire results, preliminary community boundary options, project photos, background maps, FAQ sheet, slideshows and meeting presentations, and project documents, visit the CCOG Valley Springs Community Plan page on the Calaveras Council of Governments (CCOG) website.
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