Hampton Inn making plans for Three Rivers
On Tuesday, November 5, a team working for HTL Management of San Rafael, Calif., was in Three Rivers conducting soils testing on a combined 3.88-acre parcel west of the former Indian Restaurant. Plans are in the works to build the 103-room Hilton complex sited to the rear of the parcel.
According to Christopher Ott, Director of Hotel Operations, the company recently opened another Hampton Inn near Delano. They are enthusiastic about occupancy rates fueled by the location in the gateway community near the entrance to Sequoia National Park. The property has been owned since 2007 by Sake Sanghera of Hughson (Stanislaus County), Calif.
What it means: Growing visitation numbers at the nearby national parks have investors looking at developing lodging properties in Three Rivers. With key players looking to invest, a community generated mixed-use town center like Gary Cort’s plan looks attractive for investors and grant funding.
STR ordinance headed for BOS public hearing on November 19
After clarifying the fire text regulating short term rentals, the Planning Commission voted 4-0 in favor of sending the ordinance to the Board of Supervisors with one abstention from John Elliott, the District 1 (Three Rivers) commissioner. Elliott had asked planning staff to continue the action until the inspection process and the administrative fee could be determined.
Michael Washam, associate director of the Resource Management Agency (the County’s planning department), told the commissioners that the Board of Supervisors would determine the administrative process and set the fee after the ordinance is approved. The abstention is neither a yes or no vote on the recommendation that will be forwarded to the Board of Supervisors.
What it means: The Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on the STR ordinance at their Tuesday, November 19, meeting. There is still time to submit comments and prepare oral testimony. 3R News recorded the proceedings of the November 6 Planning Commission meeting and will post excerpts soon.
Camp Fire/Paradise remembered
On November 8, 2019, CAL FIRE’s Director Thom Porter will conduct a memorial service that will be broadcast to every CAL FIRE unit in the state. The purpose of the Director’s message is to remember, on its first anniversary, the deadliest wildfire in California history that killed 86 people and forever changed the way the world views California wildfires.
On October 25, 2019, four Tulare County planning commissioners were in Chico, Calif., to hear Camp/Paradise Fire Incident Commanders Dave Russell and John Messina relive the horrific events of one year ago and tell of lessons learned from that fateful day.
What it means: Wind-driven wildfire can overtake an entire town in minutes and render evacuation routes useless. With no time to prepare, fleeing motorists in Paradise faced fire walls on both sides of the town’s only evacuation route and abandoned their vehicles. That caused a backup for miles that trapped hundreds in gridlock and proved deadly for some.
Had it not been for heroic firefighters directing victims running for their lives to shelter in place, the death toll could have easily been 5,000, the incident commanders stated.