Clovis CA moves forward on expansion, no affordable housing

A portion of the 1,000-acre plot of land that is under consideration for homebuilding north east of Clovis.

A portion of the 1,000-acre plot of land that is under consideration for homebuilding north east of Clovis.

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Last year, the threat of an endangered salamander just beyond Clovis city limits temporarily stopped one of the region’s largest developers from building a new 1,000-acre tract of suburbia.

Now, even with confirmation of the presence of the endangered animal, the city is moving forward with the developer’s full plan to potentially build thousands of single-family homes on that 1,000-acre tract, salamander or no salamander.

“We are confident we will be able to move forward as the [environmental report] identifies the scope of the [salamander] problem,” Jeffrey Harris, a top official of Wilson Homes, the real estate developer for the tract, told the Clovis City Council at its Nov. 14 meeting.

“We are assuming the presence of tiger salamanders; it seems a waste of time to fight with federal and state

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