ACPC Denies Conditional Use Permit For The Hideout At Kirkwood

ACPC Denies Conditional Use Permit For The Hideout At Kirkwood

The Amador County Planning Commission has denied a request to allow an existing upcountry event center to apply for a conditional use permit. The Hideout at Kirkwood, a 5,000 square foot log cabin-style lodge located twelve miles south of Kirkwood Resort on Highway 88 has requested a zoning interpretation to allow the business to continue to host weddings and other events by applying for a use permit. Commissioners praised the Hideout and its unique setting, calling it an asset to the county but were generally skeptical of the request, saying it would set a bad precedent for the rest of the county. The property is zoned R1-A, a county designation that allows both single homes on lots as small as one acre and a wide range of agricultural uses, and has been the subject of many fights as smaller and smaller properties apply to build wineries in the county. Several commissioners expressed fears that approving the interpretation would allow event centers to spring up across the County. The commission also voted to deny a further time extension for the Mokelumne Bluffs Subdivision, a previously approved 98 unit subdivision located next to Ranch House Estates in Pine Grove. First approved in 2008, the project received a series of extensions, but with the denial, the developer will lose the entitlement in June.

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