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.
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
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.