Opposition To Planned Park Project Ramping Up (3/6/2019)

Story by Woodall's Campground Management

Sky Ranch residents meet with County official on Road 632.Sky Ranch residents meet with County official on Road 632.


A plan to build an RV and camping park along Road 632 in Oakhurst, Calif., could pose “life threatening impacts” to area residents, according to a new petition being circulated this week by people living in the Sky Ranch Road neighborhood.

The petition drive comes after a Feb. 12 meeting in Oakhurst where Madera County Planning Commissioners OK’d plans for the new 40-acre, 109-site RV park, also planned to include more than 100 camping sites, 333 parking spaces, six yurts, 14 treehouses and nearly a dozen outbuildings, according to Sierra News Online. 

Traffic congestion on Road 632 would “increase by 83%” if the RV park is built, according to the petition, which is addressed to all five county supervisors. “This was not evaluated in the reports” planning commissioners reviewed prior to project approval, the petition states.

The one-page document also notes, “Road 632 does not meet State Code Requirements for fighting wildland fires.”

County supervisors are expected to hold a public hearing and then vote on whether to give final approval to the controversial development at their March 19 meeting.

District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler said this week he was aware of the new petition effort but was “unable to comment” on the RV park proposal until it “formally comes before the board.”

Dan Metz is one of a number of Road 632 residents urging supervisors to delay a vote on the project, at least until a number of key “issues” including potentially adverse environmental impacts and inadequate wildfire evacuation plans are resolved.

Many Sky Ranch Road residents said they were stunned when the RV park plan won planning commission approval last month.

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