Massive development put on hold
Supporters of an extensive real-estate development on the east side of Madera County were left hoping Tuesday that the fourth time it faces board approval will be a charm as the board of supervisors voted 3-2 to deny its passage.
After hours of debate at Tuesday’s regular meeting of the board — which sparked several heated moments — the Gunner Ranch West project was again sent back to staff for review the third straight time.
“We usually try and get approvals like this done in one try,” said Norman Allinder, Madera County planning director. “But we’ll keep working at it.”
Water is still the main concern behind the project that would construct up to 2,840 homes, more than 2 million square feet of commercial space and expand Children’s Hospital Central California by more than 1 million square feet to the west of Highway 41 near Avenue 10...