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Boomtown Clovis: 600 Homes Win Partial Approval, More Land Annexed
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By David Taub, Senior Reporter
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March 19, 2024

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Clovis is a step closer growing to the north.

The city council Monday night gave partial approval to a new home development that will eventually add more than 600 moderate-to-above-moderate rate homes — some in a gated community — developed by Wilson Homes. The project was first proposed in 2016.

In a five-hour meeting, with an agenda nearly 4,000 pages, the city council agreed to three of nine elements. The remainder were tabled until May 6. However, the council approved perhaps the most significant elements — to accept the environmental report, expand the city’s sphere of influence, and annex 155 acres into the city.

Other land use items, such as amending the general plan and rezones, will be heard later.

The land is north of Shepherd Avenue, between Sunnyside and Fowler, and east of another major home project — Heritage Grove.

The homes are expected to help increase the city’s inventory. The city will need more than 8,000 new homes as part of its housing element.

“(The Wilson Homes project) definitely does provide a benefit to our RHNA (Reginal Housing Needs Assessment) inventory,” said Renee Mathis, Clovis planning and development services director.

Mathis said the project is one of the biggest in recent times.

Map of the proposed Wilson Homes development. (GV Wire Composite/Paul Marshall)

Neighbors Weigh In

The project would widen Shepherd Avenue from two to four lanes, and create parks and trails. The city will retire wells on the property, and provide water.

Neighboring residents did speak against the project at Monday’s meeting, concerned about traffic, water quality, and the project’s density.

Wilson Homes plans three different developments, with the more densely developed area (approximately 9 units per acre), just north of Shepherd Avenue. A less dense development (about 5 units per acre) will be north of that.

Other speakers supported the project, with several local business owners talking about the need for employee housing.

The council said it wanted to wait until fully approving the project to address resident concerns.

“I really support this project. I really want this to work. I just don’t think we are there,” Mayor Lynne Ashbeck said. “We can do better. We are so close.”

Traffic along Sunnyside Avenue was of particular concern. The city will meet with county officials because part of the road is in unincorporated areas.

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David Taub,
Senior Reporter
Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email

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