News you need to be in the know: Redwood Ranch SUP approved; Under Canvas coming to Three Rivers; Paradise Ranch appeal is Dec. 17


to be in the knowRedwood Ranch SUP

At last Wednesday’s (Dec. 11) Tulare County Planning Commission meeting, commissioners voted to approve a special use permit for Redwood Ranch by a 6-1 vote. The dissenting vote was cast by Bill Whitlatch, a Visalia real estate developer. Following two hours of public hearing testimony for and against, the permit for a Guest Ranch and Assemblages of People was approved with eight added conditions.

The permit grants conditional uses on 2.5 acres of a 190-acre property located eight miles from Highway 198 on South Fork Drive. The conditional uses are prescribed in the AF (Foothill Agricultural Zone) with a Special Use Permit. to be in the know

Those conditions included limiting the guest ranch and wedding venue to 12 events per calendar year, a cap of 100 persons on the property at any time, camping allowed only on the area with a gravel surface, amplified music and sound to be concluded by 10 p.m., no sound to exceed 60 decibels at the property boundary, and fires only during designated non-fire season. to be in the know

The County’s planning staff also asked for a quarterly report back to the Planning Commission and on-site monitoring at the next scheduled event. Both the applicant and the “Kaweah Coalition,” a group that opposed the special use permit, have 30 days in which to appeal the Planning Commission’s decision to the Board of Supervisors. to be in the know

This article was written by John Elliott, who is also the District 1 planning commissioner.


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Glamping is all about luxury in a tent. Three Rivers will soon offer a “glampground” experience.

Under Canvas coming to Three Rivers

On Wednesday,  December 10, “Under Canvas” representatives unveiled plans for a platform-tent-site development that upon completion of its final phase will have 125 structures. The goal is to provide “glamping” experiences for Sequoia National Park visitors. The company plans to purchase 285 acres of “Webley property” on land above central Three Rivers. to be in the know

Under Canvas is a luxury camping experience that currently has eight locations near national parks that operate seasonally. Amenities vary by site, but guests stay in spacious tents with king-size beds, luxury linens, decks, ensuite bathrooms, concierge, on-site restaurants, and wood-burning stoves. The company is planning five new California locations with a Yosemite property set to open in 2020 (also Sequoia, Joshua Tree, Catalina Island, Sonoma). The average nightly rate at the resort is $199.

“Our reach is global based on guests who have experienced the eight camps we have in operation,” Ross Culbertson, director of entitlements, said. “Under Canvas plans to officially apply with Tulare County in January 2020 and hopes to open in Three Rivers in the spring of 2021.”to be in the know

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Ross Culbertson and Jamie Schmidt are the directors of entitlement for Under Canvas. On Wednesday, December 11, they unveiled plans for a Three Rivers development. 

Paradise Ranch appeal on BOS agenda for Tuesday, December 17

At the only December meeting, the Tulare County Board of Supervisors will hear an appeal of a special use permit that was approved last month for Sunshine Paradise Ranch LLC. Paradise Ranch is located nine and a half miles from Highway 198 on South Fork Drive. That permit was capped at 15 persons and would allow five tipis and two small guest houses. to be in the know

The “Kaweah Coalition” group is opposed to this project because they maintain that there are serious environmental concerns, extreme fire danger, and the road is unsafe and too narrow to accommodate emergency vehicles. to be in the know

The owners of the property also appealed to the board to revisit some of the conditions imposed by the Planning Commission. The Board of Supervisors will conduct a public hearing on the matter and Three Rivers residents are invited to voice their concerns. 

The Paradise Ranch appeal will be heard as a timed item at 9:30 a.m. or as soon thereafter as the agenda permits. The meeting will be held in the Board of Supervisors Chambers, 2800 West Burrel Avenue, Visalia.

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The Sunshine Paradise Ranch is located 9.5 miles up South Fork Drive, one-half mile from where the pavement ends.


5 thoughts on “News you need to be in the know: Redwood Ranch SUP approved; Under Canvas coming to Three Rivers; Paradise Ranch appeal is Dec. 17

  • December 13, 2019 at 6:41 am

    Glamping in Three Rivers with wood burning stoves during the summer?

    That’s a non-starter…

  • December 13, 2019 at 10:18 am

    Cap was not limited to 100 people; it was approved for the requested 250 guests, which is somehow 150 more than the Fire Department approved for the project site during their Fire Safety Plan inspection (p. 120 of agenda packet). Overnight stays were capped at 100. Under ‘HS-8.12, Foothill Noise’ mandates new noise-generating sources outside Development Corridors be kept below 50 dB from 7a.m. – 10p.m. By California state law and Chapter 14, fires are only allowed during non-fire season months in SRA Very High Wildfire Severity zones. The Redwood Ranch already has dozens of weddings booked for 2020, and even acknowledges in a letter from their attorney (and presented to the Planning Commission) that they intend to seek their “full entitlements” before the 2020 season by fast-tracking a likely insufficient “in-house” EIR conducted by Tulare County (and not a third party). The PC thinks the RMA is capable of monitoring what’s happening in the upper South Fork despite the developers acting as they pleased for 3 consecutive years; the County isn’t even capable of dealing with the raw sewage smell that’s come to define the 198 Corridor in 3R. The RMA does not enforce violations unless it has to do with marijuana cultivation: read the latest TC Grand Jury report. Ross Culbertson of Under Canvas was at the Redwood hearing, video recording and taking comprehensive notes. He likely saw that the TC RMA has zero respect for the most basic components of CEQA, and the PC is clueless enough to think they’re voting on mitigation measurements when, in reality, they’re only approving what’s already required by law and policy.

  • December 13, 2019 at 10:54 am

    Redwood Ranch? How is it that this seems like a new subject to me? I thought I kept up with all the 3R machinations., but I thought that Paradise Ranch was the only SUP request in the works.
    God save us from ourselves.

  • December 13, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    With our soaring summer temperatures, lousy air quality, no restaurants, and long entrance lines into the park, Once these high end users roll into town , see their first rattlesnake in the tent, they’ll turn and run like everyone else has done over the years.
    We’ll be stuck with the development, empty resorts ( think Helenas spa on NF, the Shoshone Inn, the dead golf course) , and the land now granted the status of Special Use in perpetuity.

  • December 14, 2019 at 9:09 am

    Simply unbelievable.
    Think Incorporating may be worth a look?


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