In addition to those lengthy discussions, Kuyler Crocker, District 1 Supervisor, County of Tulare, who organized the July 24 agenda, furnished local updates on bear-proofing and public restrooms at the Three Rivers Historical Museum.
Here’s a quick take on each topic:
Bear-proofing Three Rivers
A partnership — the Three Rivers Bear Brigade, Sequoia Parks Conservancy, and County of Tulare’s Solid Waste Department — are negotiating a cost-share program that would purchase at least one bear-proof trash can for each of the 895 residential customers. Every property owner can purchase or be granted one of two trash can types. The lockable cans could save dozens of bears from becoming habituated to garbage.
In 2018, the Tulare County Board of Supervisors allocated $250,000 to build restrooms along Sierra Drive at the west boundary of the Three Rivers Museum property. The project received three bids. The winning bid of $488,000 was submitted by Sierra Range Construction of Visalia. Crocker pledged that the County will allocate the additional funding. The project could be completed by year’s end.
Short-term Vacation Rentals
Michael Washam, Tulare County Planning Director, presented a draft ordinance that would require each of the estimated 200 local short-term rental properties be registered. The registration would require a one-time fee of $500 and a property inspection.
Washam said staff hopes to have the ordinance before the Planning Commission by September and to the Board of Supervisors a month later.
Gautam Patel made his first presentation at a Three Rivers public meeting in more than two years. He offered background on how and why the Patel Group chose the nine-acre site in Three Rivers (Highway 198 at Old Three Rivers Drive) for the upscale 200-room hotel development.
Dave Bryant, Tulare County Chief Planner, cited supporting data in the Three Rivers Community Plan that there is ample water and the zoning is appropriate with overlays of building standards.
For more information on these County of Tulare projects in the works for Three Rivers, call the Resource Management Agency (i.e., planning department) at 559-624-7000.