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Twain Harte Design Review/Planning Advisory  Committee of the Community Development Department, Tuolumne County, Bev Shane, AICP, Director



Jim Johnson, Chairman, PO Box 1130, Twain Harte, CA  95383  Res. 586-8940.
Dave Holton, PO Box 275, Twain Harte, CA  Res. 586-3910
John Kinsfather, PO Box, 1233, Twain Harte, CA 95383  Res. 586-7837
John Lang, PO 1243, Twain Harte, CA  95383  Res. 586-6129  Bus. 586-3222
Richard Schwarzmann, 23875 S. Fork Road, Twain Harte, CA  95383   Res. 586-0777
Madeline Sharp, PO Box 324, Twain Harte, CA  95383  Res. 586-3334  Bus. 586-1563
Peggy Abrille, PO  Box 305, Twain Harte, CA  95383 Res. 586-3827  Bus.  533-0423  X101

The Twain Harte Design Review/Planning Advisory Committee meets at the Twain Harte Community Services District Office, 22933 Twain Harte Drive,  on the second Monday of each month, at 7 p.m.
The meetings are open to the public, and the public may speak on any item not on the printed agenda.

For questions call the Community Development Department at (209) 533-5633, Bev Shane, AICP, Community Development Director. Other important numbers:
Rebecca Cremeen, Community Development, Ph. (209)533-5633 Email:
Rick Roberts, Code Compliance Investigator  Ph. (209)533-5633  Email:


The original Twain Harte Design guidelines created in 1989 have been revised. The first review in March '06 by the public was sponsored by the County Community Development office; the 2nd public review for comments is scheduled for April 18, 2006 in the Chambers of the County Board of Supervisors in Sonora. The  public can obtain copies of the document on line. So far, the revised guidelines have been influenced to-date by Twain Harte Area Chamber of Commerce representatives, two local contractors, the Twain Harte Homeowners Board and reviewed at several public meetings. The guidelines were approved by the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors April 2006.


Within any Design Review Combining (D) District, a Design Review Permit must be secured before any structure may be erected, structurally altered or changed in character or appearance.  This includes exterior remodeling, attached and detached signs, and similar structures. The permit will specify in detail the type and amount of said alterations or changes proposed.

Twain Harte is one of six "D" Districts and the Design Review Committee has jusrisdiction over it.  Members of these Committees are appointed by the Board of Supervisors , and   "Members must live within the Twain Harte planning area", says Committee Member Dave Holton. The Twain Harte Design Review (THDR) Committee meets on the second Monday of each month at 7pm in the THCSD Conference Room, 22933 Twain Harte Drive.  The County Planning Department has booklets of architectural guidelines on file that were prepared especially for Twain Harte to assist applicants in choosing a design that is compatible.


An application for Design Review Permit is submitted to the Planning Department  or Building Department in Sonora (not to the Design Review Committee), accompanied by a site plan and other items as detailed by the county.  The Planning Director may require additional information deemed necessary for evaluation of the project.

Upon acceptance of a complete application for a Design Review Permit, the Planning Department or Building Department shall refer it to the THDR Committee.  In reviewing the application, the Committee shall consider that the design of the proposed development conforms to all applicable architectural guidelines adopted for Twain Harte.  They may suggest conditions or changes in the plans.  A recommendation to approve or deny the permit shall be made by the Design Review Committee within 30 days of receipt of a completed application.  The Area Planning Commissions have the authority to approve, conditionally approve or deny the permit.

Upon receipt of the recommendations of the Committee, the Planning Director shall approve, conditionally approve or deny the permit.  Any application for a Design Review Permit shall be deemed approved if the Director fails to make a decision within 45 calendar days from the date the application was accepted as complete and if said permit otherwise conforms to applicable State Laws and County Ordinances.

No building permits shall be issued for structures in ":D" districts for which a Design Review Permit has not been approved.