Better Place Forests


Conditional Use Permit Application No. 2019-212 proposes a “Memorial Forest”, an alternative to “traditional” burial/internment options. Through the purchase of a tree dedication in the forest at the project site, customers are granted the exclusive right to place their cremains, or those of their family, around a private memorial tree. The project includes a trail network, 1200 Sq. Ft. Operation Center that will provide office space, a 600 Sq. Ft. storage unit with ADA-compliant restroom facilities on the site, parking and access improvements. To accommodate members of the public with limited mobility, some travel routes will be made suitable for small all-terrain vehicles for transport assistance.

Email: Jessica Carey -
Phone: 209-742-1254


Notice of Public Hearing and Intent to Adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration

Project name and number: Conditional Use Permit (CUP) No. 2019-212

Applicant’s name: Better Place Forests (

Property address: 10967 Stout Lane, Coulterville (Main project access will be from Dexter Road)
Assessors Parcel Numbers: 003-010-0340; 0350 

The Public Hearing previously scheduled for July 24, 2020 has been rescheduled (continued) for August 28, 2020 for the above referenced project. Updated hearing information is as follows:

Hearing Time: 9:00 a.m. or as soon thereafter as possible. 

The order in which projects will be heard on Friday, August 28, 2020 will be available from this office one week prior to the hearing.Hearing Location: Mariposa County Government Center (upper floor)

5100 Bullion Street, Mariposa California

Action: The Planning Commission will consider the adoption of a resolution adopting a Mitigated Negative Declaration and approving the project with findings, conditions, and mitigation measures.

The proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration, Initial Study, Environmental Documents, and Planning Commission Staff Report are available for review here:


The following links provide the public hearing notices and project documents:

Greeley Hill planning advisory committee meeting august 6, 2020

Planning Commission Hearing July 24, 2020 *Continued to August 28, 2020 (PDF)

Notice of Public Hearing and Intent to Adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration
(Project Initial Study and Attachments) (PDF)