Brown Bear Hotel COnferencE Center & MultiFAMILY HOUSING Project

The proposed Brown Bear Hotel, Conference Center and Multi Family Housing Project involves two land use/entitlement actions: A General Plan/ Specific Plan Land Use and Zoning Amendment,  a Design Review and an environmental determination pursuant to to the California Environmental Quality Act. 

General Plan/Specific Plan/Zoning Amendment 2019-216

The project proposes a change in the General Plan and Specific Plan (Mariposa Town Planning Area) land use and zoning designation for all of a 7.02-acre parcel (APN 013-050-060) and a portion (0.18± acre) of a split zoned 0.39-acre parcel (APN 013-050-059) from Multi-Family residential to General Commercial in order to develop a 132,000 square foot hotel/conference center project.  APNs 013-050-009, 057 and the majority of 013-050-059 are currently in the General Commercial zone.  Upon approval of the amendment, land in the General Commercial zone would total 11.2 acres. 

Design Review 2020-008

The project is located in the Design Review Overlay District and will be subject to the design review standards contained in the Mariposa Town Planning Area Specific Plan.  Subject to design review will be the hotel and conference center to be located on existing APNs 013-050-009, 057, 059, and 060.  

The Hotel & Conference  Center is proposed at 130,743 +/- sq. ft., consisting of 180  rooms; a 5,300+/- sq. ft. conference center with a seating capacity of 250; an 1,800+/- sq. ft. restaurant with a seating capacity of 122; a 1,125+/- sq. ft. lobby lounge; a 420 sq. ft.+/- fitness center; outdoor pool; garden area; outdoor wedding venue; an outdoor barbecue area with parking areas to serve the site.

The multi-family residential project located adjacent to the hotel/conference center to the east and will consist of three story multi-family housing buildings targeting living wage renters containing 96 residential units with parking areas to serve the project.  That portion of the project will be located on existing APNs 013-050 and 013-071-003. 

The project proposes take primary access from Brown Bear Lane, which intersects with Highway 49N, and an additional ingress/egress point off of Highway 49N roughly 280 feet to the southeast of Brown Bear Lane.  

The total project site is 17.97+/- acres.

Applicant: MRCC Properties, LLC; Sierra Trail Homes, LLC; and Richard Roesch

California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

The project requires an environmental determination and a Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration pursuant to CEQA is proposed for the project. The Mitigated negative Declaration document includes all studies and background documentation for the project for  the CEQA determination.

The public review period for the CEQA document ended on July 30, 2020, however, the  the CEQA document may be found here.

Notice of Public Review Period and Intent to Adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration


The project will require both the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors Public Hearings for consideration and actions.



The Planning Commission will consider the project for recommendation to the Board of Supervisors on the adoption of a Mitigated Negative Declaration, General Plan/Specific Plan Zoning Amendment and Design Review.  The Planning Commission agenda packet including the staff report, proposed resolution, and project documents for the project will be published approximately one week before the hearing date.  Please check the Planning Commission page link here for the agenda packet.


The Board of Supervisors will consider the Planning Commission recommendation and is the final action authority on the proposed project. The Board agenda packet will be published at at future date, usually about 3- 5 days before the meeting date. Please check back here for more information.

For any questions please let us know!

Planner Contacts:

Steve Engfer, Senior Planner, Email:

With the exception of the confidential cultural resources survey, all of the documents cited and relied upon in the preparation of this initial study are available at the Mariposa County Planning Department, 5100 Bullion Street, Mariposa, CA 95338 (209) 966-5151.