Documenter: Heather Halsey Martinez

Here’s what you need to know:

  • In less than 13 minutes, the Clovis Planning Commission approved an eight-lot subdivision of custom-built homes by Gary McDonald Homes. They will be located near Armstrong and Nees Avenues and will replace a single home that is on the property today. 

The meeting (in full)

The Scene

The Clovis Planning Commission meeting took place on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. The Planning Commission consists of five Clovis residents appointed by the mayor and approved by the City Council. They meet monthly to make decisions and recommendations on city planning issues and review proposals for compliance with the General Plan, in order to make recommendations to the City Council. 

Commission Members:

Paul Hinkle, Chair (also real estate agent with Kellner Properties)

Mike Cunningham, Chair Pro Tem

Alma Antuna

Brandon Bedsted (also Director of IT & Data Services, Community Medical Centers)

Amy Hatcher

The meeting was made available via Webex and YouTube Live. The agenda states that Webex participation continues to be available. Bedsted was absent. All other commissioners were in council chambers. 

The meeting opened quickly with the Pledge of Allegiance led by Cunningham.

It was then opened for comments by the commissioners or secretary. No comments were made. 

Cunningham then opened the meeting for public comment and no comments were made online or in council chambers. 


  • Approved a tentative tract map for an eight-lot custom-built home subdivision on approximately two acres of land and allowed for deviations from the zone district standards. The subdivision will be located in the southeast area of North Armstrong and East Nees Avenues.

    • Assistant Planner Emily Lane presented the item.

    • Gary McDonald Homes will be developing the property. 

    • She said two letters from the public had been received and shared with the council. 

    • Property currently holds a single family dwelling. 

    • Two to four dwelling units/acre is standard for low density and this will be four units per acre.

    • Custom-built homes with paved paths for trash toters. 

    • Antuna asked if they would keep the existing trees there or if they would be removed. Lane deferred to the applicant. But a city employee said they would have to go through a tree removal permit if they do want to remove them. 

    • A Harbor & Associates representative was in council chambers to represent the applicant. He said they do intend to keep the trees. If they can’t they will have an arborist on site. 

    • McDonald was also in council chambers. He said they built 16 homes in that area a couple years ago and are building more homes in different places in the city. He said for the last 20 years they have mostly been building at Copper River, but look forward to building more in Clovis. 

    • Approved unanimously with little discussion. 

The meeting adjourned at 6:13 p.m. Future Planning Commission meetings are scheduled for September 23, October 28 and November 18, 2021.

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