Bass Lake subdivision before planning commission Oct. 7

The Madera County Planning Commission will hear a proposal for a 10-acre, 21-lot Bass Lake subdivision at 6 p.m., Oct. 7, in Madera.

The applicant, Paul Contreras, is requesting approval of a general plan amendment, rezoning (from public open space to residential), tentative subdivision map, and a mitigated negative declaration. The planners have the option to recommend an Environmental Impact Report or not.

The property is located on the east side of Road 432, about 280 feet south of its intersection with Road 331 (between the old Bass Lake Elementary School and the Falls Beach). Access to the property would be off Road 432. To the north and south of the property are Falls Tract subdivision homes, and U.S. Forest Service land borders the property to the north.

The property is currently owned by the county, although the applicant is in the process of buying the property if the project is approved.

Homes in the subdivision will be connected to the Bass Lake sewer system and water will be provided by Bass Lake Water Company.

A staff report by the Madera County Planning Department states the property is physically suitable for the type and density of the proposal, and the subdivision will have no “significant environmental impacts” on the area.

After the meeting, the planning commission will make its recommendation to the board of supervisors within 30 days, at which time a hearing will be set with the supervisors to decide on the proposed development.

Details of the proposal can be seen at, click on planning department.

Tuesday’s planning commission meeting will be held at the Madera County Resource Agency, 2037 W. Cleveland Ave., Madera.