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Below are the important dates for 2014. If you would like to make additions or corrections to this calendar contact me.

Napa County Board of Supervisor's (BOS) meetings and Napa County Planning Commission (PC) meetings are held on the 3rd floor of the Napa County Building at 1195 3rd St, Napa 94559 .
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2014
Thu, Mar 27, 2014
9:30 am and
11:00 am

The Caves: Protest Hearing


The protest is being made to oppose the issuance of an ABC license to applicants located at 2275 Soda Canyon (the location of The Caves at Soda Canyon).

Hearing Date and Times: Thursday March 27th, 2014 at 9:30am and also 11:00am

Hearing location: Napa County Administration Building, 1195 Third Street, Basement Level, Auditor’s Conference Room, Napa CA 94559 map


The applicants seek to obtain a winegrowers license, while our neighbors seek to prevent the issuance of the license on the grounds that granting the license will result in a significant increase in the traffic volume on Soda Canyon Road, an increase in the threat of fire, and a meaningful decrease in the quality of life not only for our neighbors who live nearby The Caves, and all neighbors that use the roadway, but also our neighbors down the road who have to deal with the noise and safety issues of a busy road way on a daily basis.

more info is here
Sat, Apr 19, 2014
2:00pm

Mountain Peak Winery Neighborhood Meeting


A meeting to discuss the proposed project and what we can do about it.

At the residence of Bill Hocker & Mui Ho
(adjacent neighbors)

3460 Soda Canyon Road
Napa, CA 94558
(The address numbers aren't sequential their gate is directly behind the "3267 Stagecoach" Rock on the gravel road)

Not required but helpful: Please RSVP to info@sodacanyonroad.org

more info is here

Sun, Apr 27, 2014
3:00pm -

Soda Canyon Firewise Day and Bar-B-Q


​Y​ou and your neighbors​ are invited​ to the Soda Canyon/Loma Vista Firewise Day and Bar-B-Q to be held on Sunday, April 27 from 3:00 - 6:00 PM at the Soda Canyon Volunteer Fire Station No. 13. The Bar-B-Q will be served starting at 4:00 PM. So if you plan to be there for the Bar-B-Q, please RSVP to Penny Mallen at p.mallen@me.com or 255-7556 by Thursday, April 24 and be sure to let her know how many people will be attending.

more info is here
Tue, May 13, 2014
7-9pm

Atlas Peak Fire Safe Council Meeting


Soda Canyon/Loma Vista residents are invited to attend the Atlas Peak Firesafe Council meeting on Tuesday May 13.
Location:
Napa Station near the intersection of Atlas Peak and Monticello

more information is here
Tue, May 20, 2014
9:45am

BOS / Planning Commission Combined Meeting on Winery Tourism!!!


The agenda is here (see item 9E)
The agenda item summary is here
This site's own digression on Winery-tourism is here.

Date: Tues May 20th, 2014
Time: 9:00 am
Location:
Napa County Board of Supervisors Chambers
1195 3rd St, Napa 94559 (map)

Combined Board of Supervisors Planning Commission meeting to discuss:
1. Noticing procedures (enlarge the 300' neighborhood noticing requirement for new proposed projects)
2. Winery visitation, marketing and cumulative growth impact analysis (Cumulative effects of approved and future winery-tourism projects)
3. Environmental Impact Report process (reliance on applicants paid consultants for project analysis)
4. Climate Action Plan status (current status of County' greenhouse gas reduction policy)

Tue, May 20, 2014
9:40 am

Woolls Ranch Board of Supervisors Appeal


Immediately preceding (or following) the Combined meeting, the BOS will review the Woolls Ranch project already approved by the Planning Commission.

The agenda is here (see item 9D) (A continuance has been asked for)

The 50,000 gal/yr Woolls Ranch Winery on Mt. Veeder Road is coming up on appeal to the County Board of Supervisors. Please join with the residents of the Mt Veeder Stewardship Council in attending this meeting to show your opposition to these wine-tourism projects.

Location: Board of Supervisors Chambers, 1195 Third St., Suite 305, Napa CA

A sample opposition letter is here
other opposition letters are here
Thu, May 22, 2014
4:45pm

Haystack Peak Deadline


A Napa Register posting of intent to expand a vineyard at 3207 Soda Canyon Road. Should anyone wish to submit a letter supporting or opposing the expansion this is the deadline date.

More information is here
Sat, May 31, 2014
2:30pm

Soda Canyon Road BBQ to discuss MPV Project


Neighborhood Meeting & BBQ at the Hocker Residence. Agenda items:

1) Receive progress reports from each Committee established during the April 19 meeting regarding the MPV project;
2) Discuss our neighborhood plan of action going forward;
3) Prepare for the MPV public hearing date, which is now expected sometime in late June or early July
4) ????

Wed, Jul 2, 2014
9:00 am

Yountville Hill Planning Commission Hearing


The planning commission will rehear the Use Permit request for the 100,000 gal/yr Yountville Hill Winery. These residents are facing the same dilemmas that we now face on Soda Canyon Road. Please attend this Planning Commission Meeting and support opposition to these new wine-tourism projects.

Location: Board of Supervisors Chambers, 1195 Third St., Suite 305, Napa CA

Yountville Hill Neighbors Association
another article is here
Wed, Jul 16, 2014
tba

Raymond Vineyards Commission Hearing


The planning commission will rehear the use permit modification request for expanded tourism slots for Raymond Winery on Zinfandel Lane. These residents are facing the same dilemmas that we now face on Soda Canyon Road. Please attend this Planning Commission Meeting and support opposition to these new wine-tourism projects.

Location: Board of Supervisors Chambers, 1195 Third St., Suite 305, Napa CA

The video of the previous Raymond hearing in 2012
Agenda for the Hearing
Tue, Jul 22, 2014
9:00am

BOS Review of UPC Housing Project in Angwin


A review of a housing proposal in Angwin, opposed by Save Rural Angwin, will be undertaken (but not voted upon) at the BOS meeting on July 22nd. See item 9E. It is an opportunity to find out about the last non-conforming land use project to be considered in the AW zone. Tourist attractions should be considered a non-conforming use but unfortunately are not.]

Location: Board of Supervisors Chambers, 1195 Third St., Suite 305, Napa CA

Meeting agenda is here
Wed, Aug 6, 2014
9:00 am

Planning Commission to discuss Cumulative Impacts


Comissioner Heather Phillips has posed a series of questions to the Planning Department to try to give metrics to the cumulative impacts of recent and future winery approvals. Her letter to the planning director is here.

The result of this and other discussions the County has on their current direction of supporting tourism wineries will have a major impact on the number of tourism wineries that eventually find their way onto Soda Canyon Road. Pleas attend this meeting to voice your concerns or write a letter.

The meeting agenda is here.
Tue, Aug 19, 2014
9:00am

BOS Meeting regarding the WDO


Staff Report to the BOS concerning a timetable and workplan and presentation of data to begin looking at the cumulative impacts of the current implementation of the WDO. Leading to a community forum in November and finally a committee recommendation some time next year. It is item 10A of the agenda which is here.

The background staff document is here. This is a very important summation, together with a numerical analysis of winery application trends, of the Commission's and of Planning Director Morrison's commitment to have a complete discussion of the impacts that winery tourism is beginning to have on the future of the county.

This meeting may be quite important if the numbers presented are discussed or is may be brief if the Board just schedules another hearing specifically for the task.

Wed, Aug 20, 2014
9:00am

Planning Commission Hearing: Raymond Winery


The planning commission will once again take up the request for substantial increases in Raymond Winery's marketing plan. This project, like the Yountville Hill Winery, is a cause célèbre in the ongoing transfer from an agricultural into a tourism economy in Napa County. More célèbre than most because it is truly a battle of the titans of the wine world with mega-grapegrower and preservationist Andy Beckstoffer against mega-vintner and bon-vivant Jean-Charles Boisset.

This is just the kind of large increases in tourism that the WDO discussion at the Board level is beginning to look at.

The agenda is here
Wed, Sep 3, 2014
CANCELLED

Planning Commission Hearing


Hearing Cancelled
The county building suffered water damage during the earthquake and is undergoing cleanup. Planning Commission Agenda Page

Use Permit Major Modification for Bell Wine Cellars at 6200 Washington St.

Presentation by the Napa Valley Vintners Association

Tue, Sep 9, 2014
9:00 am

BOS Castellucci Appeal


note: BOS and PC meetings in September will be held at the Transit Center, 625 Burnell St on the first floor.

Paul Pelosi was appealing the Castellucci Winery use permit next to his property on Zinfandel Lane. He has reached an agreement that changes the site plan and reduces the number of events.

It is agenda item 9D here.
Wed, Sep 17, 2014
tba

Planning Commission Hearing


note: BOS and PC meetings in September will be held at the Transit Center, 625 Burnell St on the first floor.

Planning Commission Agenda Page

Hall winery demolition.

Tue, Sep 23, 2014
9:00am

BOS WICC Appointment


note: BOS and PC meetings in September will be held at the Transit Center, 625 Burnell St on the first floor.

Item 10B from the BOS agenda for Sept 23, 2014:

County Executive Officer requests one (1) appointment representing the Public At Large from the applicants listed below and re-appointment of Gretchen Stranzl-McCann, nominated by the Napa County Resource Conservation District Board of Directors to represent the District on the Watershed Information Center and Conservancy on August 14, 2014, with the terms of office to commence immediately and expire August 2018.

Applicants (Choose One (1) to represent the Public At Large)
Lisa Godfrey
C. Evangeline James
Jason Lauritsen*
Gary Margadant
*Incumbent
Tue, Oct 7, 2014
9:00am

BOS Meeting


location:
Napa County South Campus, 2741 Napa Valley Corporate Drive, Building 2.


Meeting Agenda
Wed, Oct 15, 2014
9:00am

Planning Commission Meeting


location:
Napa County South Campus, 2741 Napa Valley Corporate Drive, Building 2.


Agenda
Napa Pipe Agenda Item(Continued)
VMM for Relic WInery

Tue, Oct 21, 2014
9:00 am

BOS Hearing on Woolls Ranch


The 50,000 gal/yr Woolls Ranch Winery on Mt. Veeder Road is coming up on appeal to the County Board of Supervisors. This project is emblematic of tourist attractions making their way into the watershed areas and of the impact they will have on watershed aquifers. It is a forerunner of what we are facing in the Mountain Peak Project. Please join with the residents of the Mt Veeder Stewardship Council in attending this meeting to show your opposition.

It is Item 9C in the agenda
"Correspondence", i.e. letters for and against the project are linked at the bottom of the agenda item.
A sample opposition letter is here

Location: Temporary Board of Supervisors Chambers, Napa County South Campus location of 2741 Napa Valley Corporate Drive, Building 2. Follow "Board of Supervisors" signs after entering gate.

Continued until Nov 22nd, 2014
Tue, Oct 28, 2014
6:00pm

St. Helena City Council


Appeal of Davies Family Winery approval
links to more info on the project are here

St. Helena City Council agenda page

Wed, Oct 29, 2014
9:00am

Napa Pipe at the Planning Commission


6 years in the planning process to date, the largest single development in Napa history, Napa Pipe gets another hearing to hash out an agreement between the county and the city of Napa on the division of the spoils (or more probably the deficits). This project is one more piece (along with the even larger Watson Ranch development in American Canyon a couple of miles south) in the build-out of the Napa-Vallejo metropolitan area. Opposition by the City of Napa and input by county residents, whose feeling of living apart from the urban sprawl of the Bay Area will will soon vanish, and whose commute south will move from annoying congestion to absolute gridlock, seems to have had little effect in changing the county's questionable promotion of the project.
Wed, Nov 5, 2014
10:30am

Planning Commission: Wine Industry Economics Study


The planning commission is hosting a wine industry economics study session at 10:30. They seem to have cleared their docket of 2 winery projects to make way for it. The agenda is here (item 10A).

Thu, Nov 6, 2014
6:30pm

Hall-Sponsored public meeting on Walt Ranch


The Halls plan to hold a public meeting on the Walt Ranch proposals at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 6. It will be at the Meritage Resort & Spa, 875 Bordeaux Way in Napa.

Wed, Nov 12, 2014
1:00pm

Walt Ranch Public Forum


David Morrison announced a public forum for the Walt Ranch Project to be held on November 12 in the Supervisor’s Chambers on NV Corporate Drive at 1PM. He will preside over this meeting and another to be held in March. Post meeting note: Oral comments received during the public hearing on November 12 will be made part of the administrative record for the Walt Ranch project.
NVR Article: Public sessions planned for controversial Walt Ranch vineyard proposal

Location: Temporary Board of Supervisors Chambers, Napa County South Campus location of 2741 Napa Valley Corporate Drive, Building 2. Follow "Board of Supervisors" signs after entering gate.

Wed, Nov 19, 2014
9:00am

County Planning Commission Meeting


The Agenda is here [meeting location here]

9A Napa Pipe Design Guidelines Review. Napa-Vallejo metropolitan area expansion continues.

9B Robert Foley Vineyard Winery Request: Approval of a Use Permit Major Modification to Use Permit P06-01275 for: 1) increase production from 30,000 gallons per year up to 50,000 gallons per year; 2) addition of tours and tastings for up to ten (10) visitors maximum and sixty (60) visitors per week maximum; etc,etc..

9C 2 important changes in the noticing requirements for projects submitted to the county.
1. neighbor notification to 1000' from property (was 300')
2. neighbor notification within 14 days of initial submission to county.

9E Ammending the general plan to allow location of a new county jail on undeveloped land on Hwy 29 just south of Jameson Canyon. (More metropolitan area expansion. Great - the county jail is to serve as the gateway to wine country! )


Fri, Nov 21, 2014
4:00pm

Walt Ranch vineyard conversion letter deadline


This is the deadline to file comments on the draft EIR for the Walt Ranch Project.

Send or email comments to

Kelli Cahill, Project Planner
Napa County Planning, Building, & Environmental Services Department
1195 Third Street, Suite 210, Napa, CA 94559
Email: kelli.cahill@countyofnapa.org

A letter template is here

Sat, Nov 22, 2014
9:00am

BOS Woolls Ranch Hearing Continuation


The 50,000 gal/yr Woolls Ranch Winery on Mt. Veeder Road is coming up on appeal to the County Board of Supervisors. This project is emblematic of tourist attractions making their way into the watershed areas and of the impact they will have on watershed aquifers. It is a forerunner of what we are facing in the Mountain Peak Project. Please join with the residents of the Mt Veeder Stewardship Council in attending this meeting to show your opposition.

The agenda for the hearing is here
"Correspondence", i.e. letters for and against the project are linked at the bottom of the agenda item.
A sample opposition letter is here



Tue, Nov 25, 2014
9:00am

BOS Hearing: Napa Pipe moves along


the agenda is here
my own Napa Pipe essay is here

9B Napa Pipe - First reading and intention to adopt an ordinance

This Staff letter lays out a detailed description of the project and a summary of the agreements that the County is about to enter into with the Developer and the City of Napa. The Napa-Vallejo metropolitan area takes shape.

9C The Castellucci-Pelosi compromise on Zinfndel Lane is to be finalized.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014
9:00am

BOS: 300' to 1000' noticing change


See the discussion on the noticing change here.
Tue, Dec 16, 2014
9:00am

BOS Hearing On Yountville Hill Winery


continued from Dec 2nd BOS Agenda (breaking developments here)

The appeal of the Planning Commission's tragically farcical Jul 2nd approval of the Yountville Hill Winery will be heard by the Board of Supervisors. This is the next opportunity to speak out in opposition to this poster child for the transfer of an agricultural to a tourist economy, and the havoc that transition will cause to the rural and natural charms of the county.

The Yountville Hill Neighbors website

The Supervisors will also be finalizing their commitent to the Napa Pipe Project entitling the developer to build the project. It will be a sad day for those of us wishing to postpone the urbanization of the county. The new traffic will require major road improvements which in turn will generate more traffic and development. The new voters will be uninterested in the concept of the ag preserve.
Wed, Dec 17, 2014
9:00am

County Planning Commission Meeting


1 Raymond Winery Continuance : (to be dropped and renoticed in the future)

2 a biggie! the Girard Winery, a new 200,000 gal/year winery on vineyard land across from the Clos Pegase winery in Calistoga, less than a mile form the Calistoga Hills Resort. There will be 30,500 yearly visitor slots.

3 Elimination of applicant option to hire directly CEQA report contractor. Contractor will be hired by county and reimbursed by applicant.

Followed by the Commissioner's traditional holiday lunch (or dinner)
Fri, Dec 19, 2014
2:00-4:00pm

Berryessa Snow Mountain Public Meeting


Berryessa Snow Mountain Public Meeting
Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center
Friday, Dec. 19th 2014
2:00-4:00pm
2277 Napa Vallejo Hwy, Building 100
Napa, CA 94559

More information is here
2015
Tue, Jan 6, 2015
10am

Volker Eisele 1937-2015


A memorial will be held at 10am Tues., Jan 6th. at St. Helena Catholic Church. A reception will follow from 11 to 3pm at Merryvale Vineyards
Wed, Jan 7, 2015
9:00am

County Planning Commission


1. Syar Expansion Request (more here)
2. Water Availability Analysis (WAA) recommendations (more here)

the agenda is here
Location:
Napa County South Campus
2741 Napa Valley Corporate Drive, Building 2

Wed, Jan 21, 2015
9:00am

County Planning Commission


The agenda is here

Girard Winery: continued from Dec 17th. A new 200,000 gal/year winery on vineyard land across from the Clos Pegase winery in Calistoga, less than a mile form the Calistoga Hills Resort. There will be 30,500 yearly visitor slots. (more here)

The Larkmead Vineyards Major Modification. An additional 39,000 gal/yr, approx 24000 additional visitor slots. (more here)


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