Hampton Inn and Suites coming to Three Rivers


Hampton Inn & Suites
The proposed 105-room Hampton Inn on a 2.80-acre parcel features landscaping that will screen the property along its Highway 198 frontage.

Hampton Inn required to complete a full EIR

Even in an economy that’s a shell of its pre-pandemic self, investors are willing to move ahead on the first new hotel in Three Rivers since 1999. The proposed 105-room, three-story hotel will be located east of Highway 198 (adjacent to the former Indian Restaurant) and approximately 1,300 feet north of Old Three Rivers Road. The three-story hotel will be set back from the highway and screened with landscaping. 

The County of Tulare will prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Report for the proposed Three Rivers-Hampton Inn and Suites project. A scoping meeting will be held Thursday, November 5, 2020, at 1:30 p.m., to receive oral comments concerning the scope of this EIR. The meeting will be held in the Main Conference Room of the Resource Management Agency at 5961 South Mooney Blvd., Visalia, California

The proposed project is consistent with the Tulare County General Plan, the Three Rivers Community Plan, and with the current zoning classification. A three-story hotel (approximately 30 feet, 4 inches, in height) and associated site improvements are being proposed on the existing parcel with access from Highway 198 (Sierra Drive). A driveway road is proposed from Highway 198 through the vacant lot to the west and to the proposed project’s location. This driveway will be situated within an existing 30-foot-wide access easement.

The hotel will consist of 105 guest rooms with an elevator, manager’s office, and storage room. Consistent with Tulare County parking requirements, the project includes 108 standard parking stalls (six of which will be handicap accessible stalls). Utilities will include a septic tank with filter and dripline system and new domestic well. Storm drainage will be retained on-site (with an option for biofiltration).

The notice of preparation (NOP) will be available November 2, 2020, on the County website. The NOP comment period will be from November 2, 2020 to 5 p.m. on December 2, 2020.

Scoping meeting: All interested parties are invited to attend and be heard in person or via online participation. Due to COVID-19, seating will be limited to 10 people and COVID-19 compliance measures will be strictly observed. In-person participants will be required to check in with the lobby desk prior to entering. The meeting can also be attended online via Zoom.

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83529910456?pwd=blRLWXdSQ3RjSGN2ZExhQUhLR09tUT09

Meeting ID: 835 2991 0456

Passcode: 335039

If you have any questions regarding this environmental document, call Hector Guerra, Chief Environmental Planner, at (559) 624-7121.

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5 thoughts on “Hampton Inn and Suites coming to Three Rivers

  • November 1, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    This is great news. Glad to hear a large hotel will bring some healthy competition. And alleviate some of the air bnb congestion/frustrations that we hear so often from locals. I would think most people would want to camp when visiting a national park (it’s part of the whole experience), but SNP campgrounds are still closed, right? And hotels are open. Hmm.

  • November 3, 2020 at 3:25 pm

    What a lovely addition to our failed economy. Several million tourists a year drive through our run down dilapidated town, shut down by radical enviromentals with ulterior motives, these people should be investigated and locked up for continuously Thwarting true progress. All their whiny leftist moaning about septics and flood plains and views, just get with the program God made this town on the 8th day and we should Honor Him one Hampton Inn at a time. Bless the beautiful souls who bring business to this town I’m tired of livin on Food Stamps and cigarettes. Thank you for such excellent reporting Mr Elliott a true hero among sheep.

  • November 4, 2020 at 8:29 am

    Proposed hotels/motels have a spotty rate of actually being built here, not that there’s anything wrong with that as far i’m concerned. We have one of the most unusual things in our country, a town not overwhelmed with cookie cutter corporate retail businesses, how refreshing!

    Other entrance towns to our National Parks tend to be so over the top compared to our low key approach, we’re lucky in that regard.

  • November 6, 2020 at 8:21 am

    Does anyone find it puzzling that a high-end, visually low-impact boutique hotel with plans for community involvement was rejected by Three Rivers while a large generic chain hotel is being welcomed?

    The boutique hotel would have attracted a different clientele than those who frequent our locally owned hotels, whereas the Hampton will compete directly against our friends’ and neighbors’ businesses.


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