Patel Group unveils preliminary plans for The Sequoia Resort and Spa

June 17, 2019— Last week, the Patel Group of Pleasanton, Calif., submitted preliminary plans to the planning department of Tulare County’s RMA (Resource Management Agency) for their new development in Three Rivers: The Sequoia Resort and Spa.

The multi-unit complex will be located off Highway 198 west of Comfort Inn and Suites and east of Old Three Rivers Drive. As proposed, the development contains three separate lodging clusters — a four-story wood and concrete boutique hotel, brick and teak (wood) townhouses, and prefabricated cabins with a one-story pavilion for check-ins and communal space.

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All three lodging areas would share a number of amenities including a wellness center with a healthy-eating venue and several distinctive swimming pools and hot tubs set amidst lush landscaping.

Also proposed, the resort property will feature a state-of-the-art conference center and multiple restaurants from fine dining to casual outdoors in a greenhouse-like setting. If approved by the RMA planning department, The Sequoia Resort and Spa would be the first hotel development in Three Rivers in more than 20 years, and its multi-lodging concept would be the first resort property of its type in Tulare County.

These are preliminary plans — nothing yet is set in wood (teak), concrete, brick, or stone. Three Rivers community members and all interested parties will have a chance to gather information and provide input on the project at a public meeting to held in Three Rivers. It is tentatively scheduled for the week of July 22, 2019; date, time, and location to be announced.

See hotel concept as submitted to the RMA.



9 thoughts on “Patel Group unveils preliminary plans for The Sequoia Resort and Spa

  • June 17, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    Where on God’s green earth will all this fresh water come from and where will all the waste water and nitrates settle?
    Van Bailey

  • June 17, 2019 at 9:44 pm

    What is the source of the water for hotels, cabins, townhouses, conference building, landscaping, swimming pools etc. etc. etc.?

    Is the source the same as that serving any other property(s) or areas and, if so, which and where?
    Who will get water during the next and ensuing droughts? The development or the rest of us?

    Please publish the new plot plan.

    Please explain where the parking will be (hopefully underground), how many spaces there will be and how and when the lots will be lighted. Any light is sure to adversely affect our residents ability
    to see and enjoy one of our most cherished gifts-the night sky. when will all the lights be turned off every day?

    Would it not be more reasonable and protective of our unique village to start with one hotel and then, depending on how it goes, add more units. Building this enormous project will probably double the use of water in Three Rivers when you consider that over 250 toilets will be flushed goodness knows how many times per day: use of 250 or more bathroom sinks and showers: use of dish and clothes washing machines, sprinklers/watering, in a town that suffers already from lack of water.

    How will the development deal with sewage? Is there a proposed plan we can read now?

    Will this project encroach upon any Native American cultural sites? Have the local Native Americans been consulted? Is there a study on this?

    Why is there an access way on Old Three Rivers Road? That is and I believe has always been a narrow country road. Providing any access to that road will obviously ruin it. (By the way, what is meant by “secondary access”? Is it a legal term with a legal definition? What does it mean for Old three rivers Road? Why not have all required access off of 198. Commercial uses are on 198, not on Old Three Rivers Road. It seems that the community would be significantly less affected if the hotel were on and only accessible from 198.

    Why were none of the residents of Three Rivers told about this proposed project when it was brought to the county’s attention in January, 2019, when the process began. (Why was it not published in this paper before now?) This apparent concealment coupled with the exclusion of our community’s involvement in the process makes many of our residents suspicious, and rightfully so.

    How in the world can this project move forward without an EIR addressing this specific project? Some of our residents have looked in vain for an EIR addressing any uses contemplated by this development. How could a categorical exemption apply here, legally? Please direct us to the EIR the county deems adequate for this project. The residents are entitled to review that document and provide objections, suggestions and concerns. No one seems to have ever received any notice or opportunity to be heard in regard to this project. That cannot be legal.

    How much money would Three Rivers expect to receive from this proposal if it were somehow ever built? Will there be a written agreement memorializing same?

    In sum, if this project, in the form described in today’s “paper” is ever built, it appears very likely it would forever destroy the special natural wonders we are so blessed to enjoy and have to love, and which many of us seek to protect, save and keep safe..

    We look forward to being notified of the meeting the day it is set, and hope you will be able to respond and/or ask the county to respond to these and the other questions you are sure to receive from those of us who live in Three rivers, well before the meeting, particularly if the developer wants to make the meeting productive.

    Thank you

  • June 18, 2019 at 5:58 am

    I hope this doesn’t happen!!! I agree with the above people, where is the water going to come from, The impact on the area would be incredible. I still love Three Rivers deeply,

  • June 18, 2019 at 11:08 am

    Our Three Rivers population is judged to be about 2600. Add the inhabitants of 200 additional rooms and their cars. Now envision the feared wild fire that our community is working to deal with. Imagine the cars seeking to head out of Three Rivers on our only exit, Highway 198. Also envision the panic that makes people do crazy things..

  • June 18, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    I am not going to repeat all of the important points folks have already made, but I am curious why the Shashone property that has existing buildings, is not considered? It is currently for sale. We have more than a few places for lodging in town – some in walking distance of the Shashone. I can’t see putting up a complex like those in cities when we have what we need to accommodate travelers and corporations in a natural, low key setting. Walking is a good thing!! I can’t imagine how many trees will be lost if this is allowed to move forward.

    Mark your calendars everyone for that July meeting and let our voices be heard!!

    • June 19, 2019 at 3:53 pm

      I imagine the Shoshone is not under consideration because the Shoshone is probably not for sale. Another, more appropriate property would be the golf course. The ground is already messed up with non-native grass and there’s plenty of room for the Patel family to build and landscape ’til their heart’s content. I’ve lived here 20 years and cannot remember the last time I saw anyone playing golf there. It’s a waste of good land that’s ideal for commercial development, unlike the Old Three Rivers proposal. I don’t know if the golf course is available or for sale, but anything could happen…for the right price.

      Jus sayin.’

      • June 19, 2019 at 4:02 pm

        My apologies. I jumped to reply before reading carefully. I was unaware the Shoshone was up for sale.

        Still, putting a big development at the Shoshone would be just as “in the flood plain” as the area behind the post office.

  • June 18, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    In addition to all the above comments, and those posted in response to the earlier article on this development, with which I heartily agree, I want to point out that Mr Washam’s previous bewilderment concerning the amount of opposition the County has already received regarding this proposed development is, to me, incredible. Over the course of more than 10 years, Three Rivers community members met with County planners to develop a Three Rivers Community Plan. Central to that planning, was the concept that Three Rivers residents want and need a community center, which was hoped to be located in approximately the area now being sold out to a private commercial concern, and which would provide a gathering place, a space for local businesses to cluster, and a benefit for the community as a whole.

    A privately owned spa and resort is not a community center. It’s proposed swimming pools, hot tubs, and high-end restaurants are not going to benefit – and in fact may not even be open to — Three Rivers residents. It is not going to support local businesses, or provide a space for a park visitor’s center. It’s parking spaces will not alleviate the traffic logjam at the park entrance – the visitor’s center envisioned by the community had anticipated visitors being able to access shuttles at the park visitor’s center, located in a town center complex.
    It would have been able to do all these things.

    This proposal, and the County’s apparent rush to approve it is just so wrong-headed it begs the question of whose interests does the County really represent? It clearly isn’t representing those of the citizens of Three Rivers, or our vision for the future of our home.

  • July 7, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    Water, Clay, Sand, and Septic….HOW WILL GET AROUND Mother Nature????


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