Subdivision near Standard OK'd

SONORA — A proposal for up to 428 homes near the shuttered Standard sawmill won approval Tuesday from the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors.

The board voted 4-0 for the project. Supervisor Teri Murrison was absent.

Sierra Pacific Industries, which owns the land and mill, plans to carve out 306 residential lots, 122 of which will be allowed to have a second home.

Open space will be protected on nearly a third of the 612-acre site, which is mostly on the east side of Standard Road between Highway 108 and Tuolumne Road.

The mill closed last year after nearly a century in operation. The company blamed poor demand for lumber and restrictions on logging for the closure.

The plant will stay in place and could reopen if the business outlook improves, Sierra Pacific spokesman Mark Luster said.

Tuesday's vote came 21 years after Fibreboard Corp., a previous owner of the site, proposed 1,155 homes, commercial and industrial space and a golf course.

That project never was pursued, nor was a later proposal that included rebuilding the old core of Standard, a one-time company town.