Paradise Ranch owner reveals plans for South Fork property

 

Meet Kenneth Willardt, owner of Sunshine Paradise Ranch. Willardt, an award-winning fashion and advertising photographer, spoke to 3RNews following the appeals of the Special Use Permit heard by the Board of Supervisors at their December 17 meeting. Paradise Ranch owner reveals 

Willardt is part of a Denmark connection who found the remote South Fork property at the invitation of Tonny Sorensen. Sorensen, a Danish entrepreneur, built the multi-level ranch house compound a decade ago.  It is located along the South Fork of the Kaweah River adjacent to the south entrance of Sequoia National Park. Paradise Ranch owner reveals 

Before Sorensen sold the house and surrounding property in 2017, he subdivided a 44-acre parcel and sold the new parcel to Willardt. Sunshine Paradise Ranch utilizes a 4+ acre parcel of the 44 acres, bisected by South Fork Drive, for development of a “guest ranch” allowed under the AF zoning (foothill agricultural uses) with a special use permit.

“Our footprint on Sunshine Paradise Ranch is minimal and completely off grid,” Willardt said. “We are perfecting a new solid state battery for use at the Ranch.”

When the Planning Commission approved Willardt’s guest ranch, it imposed 68 conditions, a record number for a special use permit. Willardt appealed the condition that disallowed him to use two residences on the property as short term rentals. RMA staff recommended that he be allowed to use the residences as short term rentals but upheld the other 67 conditions.

As one of the conditions, the Planning Commission required a quarterly review to ensure compliance. Download the complete text of the resolution and conditions by clicking the image below.

Paradise Ranch owner reveals

 

 

 

As one of the conditions, the Planning Commission required a quarterly review to ensure compliance. Download the complete text of the resolution and conditions by clicking the image below. As one of the conditions, the Planning Commission required a quarterly review to ensure compliance. Download the complete text of the resolution and conditions by clicking the image below.

3 thoughts on “Paradise Ranch owner reveals plans for South Fork property

  • January 1, 2020 at 6:21 pm
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    Shelter in place during fire ??
    Talk to our friends in Santa Barbara that did that, lost their property and home , and if they had stayed in the fire proof shelter they had built, would have lost their lives.
    It’s not a matter of IF but, when.

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  • January 3, 2020 at 9:07 am
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    Sunshine is nothing more than a business and of course that property owner has rights. But what about the rights of the multiple residents who also are property owners? Do they not have equal rights? This should be a two-way street. Again and again businesses encroaching far outside commercial areas are being given waivers while residents’ concerns are ignored. When there is a disaster it will be on the heads of Board of Supervisors, RMA, and the Planning Commission.

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