At the Wednesday, July 31, meeting of the Tulare County Planning Commission, planning director Aaron Bock recommended that the public hearing on the Sunshine Paradise Guest Ranch be continued. The vote to continue the hearing on the special use permit followed two hours of opposition testimony by more than a dozen South Fork residents and attorney Dennis Villavicencio, representing the Seligman family who lives nearby.
Villavicencio of Three Rivers, also a paid-call firefighter and swiftwater rescue team member, said that response time for emergency vehicles would be in excess of 30 minutes. The subject property is located 9.5 miles south of Highway 198 in Three Rivers, one-half mile beyond where the pavement ends on South Fork Drive.
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Several area residents testified to the dangerous condition of the roadway and that the development would add significant traffic impacts. That stretch of dirt road is narrow and rutted from recent storm damage.
Bock stated that the dirt portion and the rest of South Fork Drive is a “county-maintained roadway.”
The property is owned by Sunshine Paradise Guest Ranch of New York City, NY. The agent for the project is Michael Cannarozzi, a Three Rivers general contractor.
The application seeks authorization for a guest ranch on a four-acre portion of a 44-acre parcel located in the AF (Foothill Agricultural) Zone. Proposed are extended-stay vacation rentals for a maximum 15 people at a time.
The AF zoning allows a guest ranch with a special use permit.
Guest accommodations would include two single-story cabins, a bathroom structure, and five fire-proof teepees. The site will also include two single family residences.
The RMA contact person for the project is April Hill, (559) 624-7000.