OAKHURST – A hearing scheduled for next week on a proposed new RV park development on Sky Ranch Road has been postponed and will now take place on Tuesday, Apr. 2, in Oakhurst.
The Madera County Board of Supervisors decided to move the public hearing after several people living near the proposed development site spoke during the public comment segment of Tuesday’s regular board meeting in Madera.
Sky Ranch Road resident Kathy Marks told supervisors Tuesday that 244 people have already signed a petition in opposition.
“We’ve been getting tremendous support,” Marks said. “People aren’t hesitating to sign these petitions.”
Marks said moving the hearing to the agenda of an already-scheduled Apr. 2 board meeting in Oakhurst “just made sense.”
On Wednesday, supervisors agreed.
“Having it in Oakhurst will allow more folks [impacted by the proposed development] the chance to participate,” said Board Chair Brett Frazier, adding that Supervisor Tom Wheeler lobbied for the venue change after yesterday’s board meeting.
Wheeler said he’s heard from a number of his District 5 constituents regarding the project but couldn’t comment publicly until the proposal comes before the board.
The rescheduled public hearing will now take place at the supervisor’s “On the Road” meeting to be held at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Apr. 2, at the Oakhurst Community Center.
While most regular board meetings take place at the county government center in Madera, the Board of Supervisors began holding a number of “On the Road” meetings in 2018 when Tom Wheeler was chairman.
Wheeler says it was necessary to get a county ordinance changed to allow for the remote meetings, but that it is part of an ongoing effort to “increase transparency and encourage public participation.” Chairman Frazier agrees and is taking this opportunity to bring the meeting to the people most affected by the subject of the hearing.
The Madera County Planning Commission held a hearing on the RV park proposal on Feb. 12, also at the Oakhurst Community Center, and voted unanimously to recommend that the Board of Supervisors approve the plan.
Since that meeting, Sky Ranch Road residents have mobilized to oppose the 40-acre, 109-space RV and camping park developers want to build off Road 632, about one-quarter mile east of Highway 41. Their petition says the project will “increase traffic congestion in the area by 83 percent.”
As always, the board meeting will be streamed live on the county website.