It was different. When the Planning Commission of the County of Madera, under the competent chairmanship of Ross Thornton, met on Sept. 4, of the three items on the agenda two had been withdrawn leaving the application of the Madera County Planning Department to consider the River West — Madera Master Plan and a rezone of the property to Planned Open Space as the only item for consideration.
The property is owned by the State of California Wildlife Conservation Board and is located along the north bank of the San Joaquin River from Highway 41 in the east to the western end of the Sycamore Island recreational area in Madera County.
The seats were pretty well filled and following a detailed presentation of the plan by Scott Harmstead, representing the county, the floor was opened for those in favor of the project to speak. About 10 people, from both sides of the river, presented reasons for their support and then Chairman Thornton invited those opposed to the plan to speak.
Some time passed in silence, and then the public portion of the hearing was closed and the commission members voted unanimously to forward the project for consideration by the Madera County Board of Supervisors...