News you need to know: Short-term rentals, hotel update, weather watch

Short Term Rentals Ordinance

Tulare County’s Short Term Rental Ordinance has cleared the Planning Commission and is now set for a public hearing at the Tuesday, November 19, Board of Supervisors meeting (scheduled for 9 a.m.). There is still time to submit comments to the supervisors and enter oral testimony into the public record at Tuesday’s meeting in the Board Chambers, 2800 West Burrel Avenue, in Visalia.

In the accompanying video, Michael Washam, Resource Management Agency (RMA) associate director, presents a brief rationale and summary of the current draft ordinance. Charlie Norman, Tulare County Fire Chief, speaks on fire history and tightens the fire regulations in the proposed ordinance. short term rentals

What it means: County planning staff is thinking that passing an ordinance, though technically a work in progress, is better than no regulation. After the ordinance is approved, the Board of Supervisors will determine the inspection process and set the fees. short term rentals

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Last week, soils testing was completed on the site of the newly proposed 103-room hotel on the parcel adjacent to the former Indian Restaurant. An agent for the developer stated that the building will be set back to the rear of the parcel.

Hotel update

The latest from the prospective site developer is that a Hampton Inn (Hilton) might be the best option. Also, the project is being offered to Marriott and InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), a British multinational hospitality company. The prevailing thinking is that a “state-of-the-art” septic system is the most cost effective way to go.

The parcel is immediately west of the former Indian Restaurant and its development should spur the owner of the Indian property to go ahead with plans to reopen the restaurant with beer garden and outdoor music venue. short term rentals

What it means: The developer is open to a wastewater treatment system in exchange for considerations like sharing the cost with other commercial properties or incentives from the County like a zoning variance on building height.

Someday, the County, or another jurisdiction, will become proactive in the wastewater treatment process and set development standards that require wastewater treatment and water recycling. short term rentals

Weather watch

There’s a chance that a passing storm cycle will bring the first significant rainfall of the season to Kaweah Country on Wednesday, November 20. 

What it means: Foothills residents cannot become complacent and must remain vigilant to prevent a wildfire. The landscape is tinder dry and any spark will spread fire rapidly. Precipitation is needed to reduce the hazardous fire conditions.

Even though it’s mid-November, it is still important to be cautious with power tools and keep a hose and fire suppression tools nearby. Before lighting the woodstove or fireplace, inspect for cracks and burned places and clean the chimney. The number-one cause of fires? Humans.



3 thoughts on “News you need to know: Short-term rentals, hotel update, weather watch

  • November 15, 2019 at 8:15 am

    Where exactly is this project? Where was the former Indian Restaurant?

    • November 15, 2019 at 8:54 am

      The proposed project is two lots down canyon from the Comfort Inn; the former Indian Restaurant is right next door.

  • November 17, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    The Comfort Inn has never been able to get the septic ( waste water ) system functioning.
    This alone should prohibit more developement in this area , where the river once flowed.
    I wish that I could post a photo here that I recently took in Oakhurst ( pop. Now 13,300 )
    3 high rises in a row. The Hampton Inn,, the Hilton , and the Holiday Inn .


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