Thursday is the last day for the public to submit comments on the draft environmental impact report for a sprawling resort proposed by a Southern California developer on 64 acres between Groveland and Yosemite National Park.
Terra Vi Lodge would be located 17 miles east of Groveland at the northeast corner of Highway 120 and Sawmill Mountain Road and is proposed to feature a three-story lodge with 140 guestrooms, 25 detached cabins with 100 guest rooms, a public market, two-story event center, and helicopter landing pad.
It would be built and owned by the Anaheim-based Hansji Corp., which is known for its multimillion-dollar high-rise hotels in downtown Phoenix and San Diego.
The land is zoned as commercial and open space and would remain under the ownership of the family of the late Tim Manly, who purchased it in the 1980s with dreams of developing something similar to what’s being proposed.
An application for the project was submitted to the county’s Community Development Department in December 2018.
The draft EIR released on June 16 is 498 pages and includes a second volume containing 1,368 pages of appendices. Such reports are required when a project will have unavoidable impacts on the environment.
Some of the significant impacts include increased demand for fire protection and police services, increased risk of fires due to landscaping and increased traffic, all of which the county has proposed mitigation measures to address.
Proposed ways to mitigate the impacts include hiring private security that would be on site at all times, providing two additional emergency staff who meet the certifications for a volunteer firefighter, and developing a traffic control plan.
Legal challenges to decisions on the proposed resort could be limited to those raised during the public review period.
After the 45-day public review period, the county will look at all of the comments received and prepare written responses to each. A final EIR will be prepared and released before a public hearing with the Tuolumne County Planning Commission.
Outgoing County Supervisor John Gray said he believes the project would benefit the Highway 120 corridor and county as a whole because it could provide as much as $1 million a year in additional revenue for public services, such as law enforcement, roads, recreation and libraries.
Several residents in the Groveland area have expressed opposition because of traffic, use of emergency services that serve the town, and it would have its own water and sewer system.
The nearest fire station is roughly 14 miles to the west and owned by Groveland Community Services District, which sent a letter to the county early during the development of the EIR requesting to be involved in the process because of the project’s potential impact on services.
Law enforcement services would be provided by the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office.
A public review period ended on July 20 for a draft environmental impact report on a separate project on land also owned by Manly’s family at Hardin Flat Road and Highway 120, less than a mile from the proposed resort.
The project at Hardin Flat Road and Highway 120 is a proposed “glamping” campground with 99 luxury tents that would be operated seasonally by a company called Under Canvas.
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