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Below are the important dates for 2015. 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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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)
Wed, Feb 4, 2015
9:00 am

County Planning Commission


Melka Winery Modificaiton
Water Availability Analysis (WAA) (more here)

Meeting Cancelled (view notice here)
Tue, Feb 10, 2015
9:00am

BOS Meeting


Agenda is here

6Z! Review of Napa Pipe Design Guidelines
Agenda letter is here

9C. A public hearing for CEQA EIR and Notification changes (more here) Agenda letter here
Wed, Feb 18, 2015
9:00am

County Planning Commission


The agenda is here

Syar Expansion Request (more here)
The staff agenda letter from the Jan 7th meeting is here
To be continued to 4/1/15


Melka Winery Use Permit (map)
Another major setback encroachmentt on the Trail

Location:
Napa County South Campus
2741 Napa Valley Corporate Drive, Building 2
Tue, Feb 24, 2015
1:00pm

2nd Grand Coalition Meeting


The second formal meeting of the Grand Coalition, now dubbed Vision 2050, following steering committee meetings these last 3 weeks.

Location:
The Horseman’s Clubhouse, 1200 Foster Road (map)

More info is here
Wed, Mar 4, 2015
9:00am

County Planning Commission


The agenda is here

9A. Is Melka up for another public hearing?

9B. Krupp Bros Winery Use Permit (map)
And yet another major encroachment into the setback on the Trail -variance request to move previously permitted winery into the setback
And another 2 acres of vines paved over.
Late Breaking: Application withdrawn for fear of having existing visitation reduced!! Visitation drives every winery decision now.
agenda letter here

10A. Proposed Method for Evaluating Future Winery Visitation Proposals
A proposal to quantify the relationship between winery capacity and visitation. This may have important ramifications for the Mountain Peak proposal.
the agenda letter is here

Wed, Mar 4, 2015
5:45pm

Russian River: All Rivers Film


Learn about the assault taking place on our watersheds by attending this important movie. The event is being sponsored by The Defenders of the East Napa Watersheds and the tickets are free. Reserve your ticket via email.

The Russian River: All Rivers:The Value of an American Watershed

The Cameo Theater
1340 Main St.
St Helena, CA map

Tue, Mar 10, 2015
9:45am

Joint PC and BOS meeting


This joint meeting of the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors has been called by Director Morrison to begin the discussions over the next year concerning the future development of the County. All concerned about their future in Napa County should try to attend.

The Board Agenda Letter is here

More about it here and here
The forum will take place on Mar 10th at the Napa Valley Unified School Auditorium beginning at 9:45am

Barry Eberlings's NVR setup
Position letter from 3 of the wine industry organizations
The Fehr and Peers traffic study to be presented
Tue, Mar 17, 2015
9:00am

Board of Supervisors


full agenda here

item 10C :Director of Planning, Building and Environmental Services requests adoption of a resolution establishing the Agricultural Protection Advisory Committee.
10C agenda letter
APAC Formation Resolution
Wed, Mar 18, 2015
9:00am

County Planning Commission


full agenda here

10A: Review of Water Availibility Analysis (WAA) (more here)
County WAA page
10A agenda letter

10B: Code Enforcement Program Presentation
10B agenda letter (pretty skimpy)
Code Enforcement Report

Location: 2741 Napa Valley Corporate Drive
Wed, Mar 25, 2015
5:00pm

Calistoga Hills THP comment deadline


Written comments may be made on the proposed timber harvest plan (THP) presented to Cal Dept of Forestry on the Calistoga Hills Resort proposal on the edge of Calistoga

More info is here
Wed, Apr 1, 2015
9:00am

County Planning Commission


The agenda is here

9A Bell Winery Use Permit Modification
the hearing notice is here

9B Napa Custom Crush "minor" Modificaton
to recognize illegally constructed 4th portal to their Soda Canyon Road winery. The SCR page devoted to this project is here.

10A: Review of Water Availibility Analysis (WAA) (beginning at 1:30pm)(more here)
County WAA page
10A agenda letter

Location: 2741 Napa Valley Corporate Drive
Mon, Apr 13, 2015
10:00am

APAC Meeting #1


Agenda: Introduction

more about APAC on the county website

Location:
2741 Napa Valley Corporate Drive, Building 2
Large Conference Room

All APAC Meetings are public and there is a public comment period.
Wed, Apr 15, 2015

County Planning Commission CANCELLED


Winery Visitation Matrix

A presentation of the Director's proposed winery visitation matrix to assist the Commission in evaluating visitation requests based on winery capacity, location, parcel size, etc.
The agenda letter

Continuance of the Napa Custom Crush "minor" Modificaton
to recognize illegally constructed 4th portal to their Soda Canyon Road winery. The SCR page devoted to this project is here.

Sat, Apr 25, 2015
10:00am-3:00pm

Earth Day in Napa


An Earth Day celebration, sponsored by the Environmental Education
Coalition of Napa County
, will be held in downtown Napa. Various members of the NapaVision2050 coalition will have booths at the event, including Protect Rural Napa

More Info is here
Mon, Apr 27, 2015
9:00 am

APAC meeting #2


APAC#2 Agenda and Docs Page
Board agenda letter
Nominal Agenda:
    Minimum Parcel size for new wineries
    Net loss of vineyards
    Estate grape requirement
Location:
2741 Napa Valley Corporate Drive, Building 2
Tue, May 5, 2015
9:00am

County Board of Supervisors Meeting


Watershed Awareness Month Proclamation

The Board of Supervisors will present a Proclamation to Chair Peter White of the Watershed Information Center & Conservancy (WICC) Board, declaring May 2015 as "Watershed Awareness Month" in Napa County.

Happening first thing Tuesday, May 5th in the newly restored 3rd Floor chambers of the Board of Supervisors at 1195 3rd St
Wed, May 6, 2015
9:00am

County Planning Commission Meeting


The Agenda is here

9A The Bell Winery request for increase in production and visitation. The agenda letter is here.

9B The Caves use permit violation up for review again. The agenda letter is here. The SCR Caves page is here

Location: 3rd floor of the Napa County Building at 1195 3rd St
Mon, May 11, 2015
9:00am

APAC Meeting #3


Participants to propose min winery property size , estate grape requirement and vineyard loss parameters.

Location will be back in the Supervisors chambers on the 3rd floor of the Napa County Building at 1195 3rd St, Napa 94559
Wed, May 13, 2015
7:00pm

Russian River: All Rivers at Copia


The flier is here. No charge but you must reserve.
To reserve seats: (email here)
Location:

Wed, May 13, 2015
1:30pm

County Planning Department - Yountville Hill


Public Scoping Meeting:
A public scoping meeting will be held by the County to inform interested parties about the proposed Yountville Hill project, and to provide agencies and the public with an opportunity to provide
comments on the scope and content of the EIR.

Location:
County Building
1195 3rd St
Suite 305.

More info and docs are here
Fri, May 15, 2015
5:00pm

Kongsgaard vineyard conversion comment deadline.


Kongsgaard Wine Vineyard Conversion
4377 Atlas Peak Road
17+ acres
Written comments regarding the proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration are solicited. All such comments must be presented during the public review period, which runs from March 17, 2015 through April 15, 2015. (map)

More info is here
Fri, May 15, 2015
9:00am-5:00pm

Napa County Watershed Symposium


Sponsered by WICC (the BOS water advisory board) and other Napa Valley organizations, The Napa County Watershed Symposium will begin the discussion on the water availability and the long term approach to sustainable water use in the county that was not discussed in the winery development forum on Mar. 10th.

You must register to attend;
Cost: $35
Location:
City Winery in downtown Napa
Wed, May 20, 2015
7:00pm

Russian River: All Rivers at Copia


The flier is here. No charge but you must reserve.
To reserve seats:
email for reservations here or use
Vision2050 signup is here
Location:

Wed, May 20, 2015
9:00am

County Planning Commission Meeting


The agenda is here

8A Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Major Modification.
More event visitation. Replacement of two production buildings with new variances encroaching 474' into 600 setback. The agenda letter is here. To be continued to June 3rd.

9A Markham Vineyards Major Modification
Increase in capacity from 300,000 to 429,000 gal/yr
No increase in production area or visitation. Agenda letter is here

10A Proposed Method for evaluating future winery visitation proposals:
Planning department request for a study session to provide direction in the prepartation of draft guidelines. Agenda letter is here.

Location: 3rd floor of the Napa County Building at 1195 3rd St
Tue, May 26, 2015
9:00am

APAC meeting #4


Board Agenda Letter collating and itemizing proposal suggestions from last APAC meeting

Still dealing with parcel size, estate grape requirement, vineyard loss issue.
The Soda Canyon Road APEC page is here
The county's APAC page is here

Location: 3rd floor of the Napa County Building at 1195 3rd St

Tue, Jun 2, 2015
9:30am

County Board of Supervisors


Appeals of the Planning Commission approval of the Mar 4th Melka Winery use permit on the Trail at Deer Park Rd

It is item 9A on the agenda including all previous documents
The agenda letter is here analyzing the appeals.

Wed, Jun 3, 2015
9:00am

County Planning Commission


the agenda with documents is here

Reverie Winery "recognize and allow" use permit modification
Another winery operating beyond the boundaries of their use-permit wants both recognition of illegal improvements and setback encroachments as well as increases in allowable capacity(80%) and visitation (900%). The project is near Calistoga, just behind the Calistoga Hills resort. It will come up before the planning commission on June 3rd. The staff agenda letter is here
George Caloyannidis comments here

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Major Modification.
More event visitation. Replacement of two production buildings with new variances encroaching 474' into 600 setback. The agenda letter is here.


Location: 3rd floor of the Napa County Building at 1195 3rd St
Sat, Jun 6, 2015
10:00am-4:00pm

Grassroots Guide to CEQA Purpose, Power and Process


This workshop will be an introduction to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) with a focus on its purpose and implementation especially intended to empower residents and groups with the ability to affect decisions at the local level.

More info is here

Location:
Napa Valley College, Community Room
2277 Napa Vallejo Hwy
Napa, CA 94558

Registration fee $35/$45
Register Online Here

Mon, Jun 8, 2015
9:00am

APAC #5


APAC meeting #5
The agenda is here
The staff agenda letter is here

Tue, Jun 16, 2015
9:00

Board of Supervisors


Agenda Is here

9C. Open Public Hearing to accept public testimony on the Fiscal Year 2015-2016 budget for a total appropriation of $5,600,000 to the Napa Valley Tourism Improvement District, aka Visit Napa Valley.
Agenda letter is here
More info is here

Location: 3rd floor of the Napa County Building at 1195 3rd St
Tue, Jun 16, 2015
6:30pm

Napa City Council on Napa Pipe


The good, the bad and the ugly standoff between the City, the developer and the County comes to another moment of crisis as the City Council decides whether or not to give the developer a "will serve" letter to supply water to the Napa Pipe Project. They want the developer to guarantee that he will pay for lost revenues should Costco not be built in the first phase of the project, which he is so far unwilling to do. Costco won't commit until it knows it has water. The County is furious that its housing agreement with the state may fall through on June 30th if water sourcing is not finalized
The agenda report is here

more on Napa Pipe here
Wed, Jun 17, 2015
9:00am

County Planning Commission


Agenda and documents are here

Markham Vineyards Major Modification
Continued from May 20. Increase in capacity from 300,000 to 429,000 gal/yr
No increase in production area or visitation although there is a disagreement between staff and applicant about the original visitation numbers. Agenda letter is here

Reverie Winery "recognize and allow" use permit modification
Another winery operating beyond the boundaries of their use-permit wants both recognition of illegal improvements and setback encroachments as well as increases in allowable capacity(80%) and visitation (900%). The project is near Calistoga, just behind the Calistoga Hills resort. The staff agenda letter is here
George Caloyannidis comments here
(approved 3-1)

Method for evaluating winery visitation proposals
The Commisssion is to take public comment on and provide direction regarding the preparation of draft guidelines that would establish a base level of visitation based on median winery visitation levels and a list of baseline modification criteria.
agenda letter is here
(continued)

Location: 3rd floor of the Napa County Building at 1195 3rd St
Mon, Jun 22, 2015
9:00 am

APAC meeting #6


Chairman Hall has asked committee members to submit their ideas on what appropriate accessory uses should be on agricultural lands and to explain how those uses help protect agriculture. Members of the public may submit their ideas as well.
The notice is here
The documents are here

Location: 3rd floor of the Napa County Building at 1195 3rd St
Wed, Jul 1, 2015
9:00am

County Planning Commission


Method for evaluating winery visitation proposals
The Commisssion is to take public comment on and provide direction regarding the preparation of draft guidelines that would establish a base level of visitation based on median winery visitation levels and a list of baseline modification criteria.
the revised agenda letter is here

Location: 3rd floor of the Napa County Building at 1195 3rd St
Mon, Jul 13, 2015
9:00am

APAC meeting #7


APAC meeting #7 will hopefully begin digging into DIr. Morrison's Proposal X framework for evaluating winery submissions. Agreed to unanimously at the last APAC meeting, the proposal brings together most of the disparate issues that the committee has been discussing into one comprehensible grid.
APAC #7 agenda letter
APAC #7 submitted documents

APAC agenda and minutes page is here
The APAC meeting schedule is here
The SCR APAC page is here

Location: 3rd floor of the Napa County Building at 1195 3rd St
Tue, Jul 14, 2015
2:00pm

Platypus Tours Facility Public Hearing


Approval of a use permit modification to construct four buildings for a business to supply picnic baskets with baked goods for wine tours. The complex includes a two-story office building; a single-story shop/maintenance building; a single-story bakery; and, a single-story commissary. 39 employees, 57 parking spaces.
The notice is here

Tue, Jul 14, 2015
9:00am

Board of Supervisors


9A Final decision on appeal of Melka winey
Wed, Jul 15, 2015
9:00am

County Planning Commission


meeting cancelled

Method for evaluating winery visitation proposals
The Commisssion is again to take public comment on and provide direction regarding the preparation of draft guidelines that would establish a base level of visitation based on median winery visitation levels and a list of baseline modification criteria.
the previous agenda letter is here

Location: 3rd floor of the Napa County Building at 1195 3rd St
Thu, Jul 16, 2015
10:00am

Relic ABC Hearing


CA Dept of Alcholic Beverage Control Hearing in protest of the granting of a winegrower license to Relic WIne Cellars on Soda Canyon Road.
More Info the SCR Relic page

Location: Auditor's Conference Room, basement of the Napa County Building at 1195 3rd St
Tue, Jul 21, 2015
9:00am

Board of Supervisors


the agenda is here

FInal, final Melka findings and use permit to be approved.

Napa Pipe water issue discussion. Napa City is to discuss their agreements with the developer regarding water supply in the afternoon of July 21st so there may not be much for the BOS to discuss in their earlier meeting.
Mon, Jul 27, 2015
9:00am

APAC meeting #8


The agenda letter is here
Supporting documents are here
The (new?) APAC meetings and minutes page is here

It looks like code enforcement will still occupy this session. Again staff has attempted to meld the various proposals previously submitted into a unified Proposal Z.

With less than 3 meetings left the clock is running out for a significant discussion of all of the issues raised by Proposal X. Since it was approved unanimously perhaps it will just be sent on to the planning commission as is. That would be nice.

And then there is the matter of the definition of agriculture to be discussed. As former planning director Hickey said in 2008: "You don't have to take elimination of the Ag Preserve head-on. You can just undermine it by changeing the definition of what a winery is." At this point changing a definition may be able to save it as well.

Staff has produced a list of mitigations that were proposed in preparation for the 1990 WDO which is quite bracing. They should be adopted by APAC immediately and sent on as strong recommendations to the planning commission and BOS.
The complete FEIR done for the 1990 DWDO is here which seems to incorporate these mitigations.
Mon, Aug 10, 2015
9:00am

APAC Meeting #9


Topic of Discussion: Proposal X
Also requested for discussion: proposals for the redefinition of agriculture in the WDO.
Agenda Letter
Agenda Documents
Tue, Aug 11, 2015
9:00am

Board of Supervisors


Compliance workshop #2
Agenda Letter
Agenda Documents: item 9B
The previous compliance workshop was at the BOS on March 3rd. The video of the first workshop is here.

Included in this presentation is the county's response to the Grand Jury Report regarding Compliance and enforcement.
Wed, Aug 12, 2015
4:00pm

Syar Expansion Planning Commission Meeting


A Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) has been prepared for the Syar Napa Quarry Expansion Project. Prior to consideration of the Surface Mining Permit, the Planning Commission is required to review and consider the Final EIR and to certify that the Final EIR has been prepared in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act.
Agenda Letter
Agenda Documents

Napa county Syar page
SCR Syar page

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

Tue, Aug 18, 2015
6:30pm

Napa City Council Meeting


More information is here

Report on Watersheds of City of Napa Local Municipal Water Supply Reservoirs (Item 14A on Council Agenda)

Discussion of the impacts of further development of the Hennessy and Miliken Reservoir watersheds that provide water for the City of Napa. Of special concern: the development of the Walt Ranch project.

Location: 955 School St Napa
Wed, Aug 19, 2015
9:00am

County Planning Commission


Napa Pipe (item 9A) The Napa Pipe tar baby returns for a first amendment of the county's agreement with the developer based on conditions required by Napa City.

Girard Winery (item 9B):
continued from Dec 17th. A new 200,000 gal/year winery on vineyard land across from the Clos Pegase winery in Calistoga. There will be 29,500 yearly visitor slots.

Agenda Documents (item 9B)
The SCR Girard page is here

Mon, Aug 24, 2015
9:00

Final APAC Meeting


After the defeat of Framework X at the hands of vintners fearful of impacts on their grandfathered prevlidges, and after an obvious intent not to do anything about the corrosive equation of marketing events to agriculture in the General Plan, little is left to do but sweep the shreds into a folder and send them over to the Planning Commission.

more info here
Wed, Sep 2, 2015
9:00am

County Planning Commission


Full agenda and docs

APAC report by Director Morison. (Formal presentation of recommendations will be by Chair Hall on Sept 16th.)
Agenda letter

Visitation/Marketing matrix proposal presentation (the contents of Framework X?) Nothing actually proposed in the agenda letter

General Plan Implimentation Report containing a bundle of GP action items dear to the hearts activists. Definition of agriculture, oak woodland management, Angwin rezoning, climate action plan etc.

1:30pm
Syar Expansion Continuance from the Aug 12th hearing

A Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) has been prepared for the Syar Napa Quarry Expansion Project. Prior to consideration of the Surface Mining Permit, the Planning Commission is required to review and consider the Final EIR.
Agenda Letter
Agenda Documents

Napa county Syar page
SCR Syar page

Location: Not so sure. County Building Downtown probably.
Last Syar hearing was at Napa County South Campus because of crowd. Perhaps they expect fewer people this time.
Tue, Sep 15, 2015
9:00am-on

Watersheds Day of Action


More information is here

9:00am County Board of Supervisors
Public comments at beginning of the meeting to ask that county implement Napa city staff recommendations on watershed protection.

Location: 3rd floor of the Napa County Building, 1195 3rd St

3:30pm Napa City Council
Public comments at the beginning of the meeting to thank the council for these Aug 18th agenda watershed recommendations

Location: Napa City Hall, 955 School St

6:30pm Napa City Council
Water trucking outside city limits, agenda 13A here
Wed, Sep 16, 2015
9:00 am

County Planning Commission


The (very full) agenda and docs

9A: Materra Cunat Premium Vineyards Major Mod.
35000 g/y increase in capacity, add new wastewater tank. No other changes
agenda letter
[approved 5-0]

9B: Dalla Valley Winery Major Mod.
new 5400sf barrel room, 1200sf work area, 56,000 gal water tank, 2 new wells
agenda letter
[approved 5-0]

10A: 2014 WInery Compliance Review
Report on the 20 wineries that submitted data in 2014
agenda letter

10B: Proposed method for evaluating furure winery visitation proposals
Will more information from staff be requested?

1:30pm
10C: Presentation of APAC Committee report to the Planning Commission.
The Report
agenda letter including recommendations
Wed, Sep 30, 2015
9:00am

County Planning Commission


agenda and documents

A discussion for recommendations to the BOS concerning the following APAC "supermajority" recommendations:

3. Working definition of agriculture
5. Limit total parcel development area
6. Outdoor areas and caves included in hospitality calculation
4 "CEQA" small winery process
9. Limit requirements only to new wineries submitted after 1/1/16
na. Vineyard loss
Fri, Oct 2, 2015

2016 Ballot Initiative Filing Deadline


Considering placing an initiative on the Nov 2016 ballot? The deadline for submitting an initiative to the county registrar of voters is Oct 2nd 2015. The county reviews and titles the initiative by Nov 2nd, 2015. You then have 180 days to collect 5000 signatures.

The full timeline and information is here.
Mon, Oct 5, 2015
5:00pm

Bell Canyon Timber Harvesting Protest Deadline


More information is here

Protests may be made via
E-mail: santarosapubliccomment@fire.ca.gov
Letters: Forest Project Manager, Cal Fire
135 Ridgeway Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Wed, Oct 7, 2015
9:00am

County Planning Commission


agenda and documents

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Major Modification.
More event visitation. Replacement of two production buildings with new variances encroaching 474' into 600 setback. The agenda letter is here. To be continued to Nov 4, 2015

Hudson Vineyards Winery new use permit
80,000 gallon winery and cave on 166.8 acre parcel with a visitation and marketing program.
the county's Hudson page is here
(approved 5-0)

Selection of planning commission members for WICC and CAP

APAC Recommendations (not apparantly in the evening)
A discussion for recommendations to the BOS concerning the following APAC recommendations that did not receive a supermajority or were not voted on at APAC

- Retain min 10 acre parcel size
- increse min parcel size to 40 acres
- establish small winery permit for parcels 10-40 acres
- minimum estate grapes
- majority of winery employees in production
- include temporary events in use permit
- different standards in AP and AW

Tue, Oct 13, 2015
9:00am

Board of Supervisors


Reverie Appeal Hearing
Agenda item 8A here

George Caloyannidis' appeal of the Reverie "recognize and allow" use permit modifications granted by the Planning Commission on June 17th.
A perfect test of the County's newfound commitment to hold wineries in compliance with their use permits.
(appeal upheld with minor reductions in visitation)

More about Reverie on SCR here.
Tue, Oct 20, 2015
7:00pm

Russian River: All Rivers


Showing at Sonoma State University. Click here for info
Wed, Oct 21, 2015
9:00am

County Planning Commission


The agenda and documents are here

Girard Winery (agenda letter):
continued from Dec 17th. A new 200,000 gal/year winery on vineyard land across from the Clos Pegase winery in Calistoga. There will be 29,500 yearly visitor slots.
Agenda Documents (item 9B of Aug 19th agenda)
Caloyannidis Hearing Comment
The SCR Girard page is here
(Denied 2-2)

Ca'Nani (not so) Minor Modification
Item 9b on the agenda
How many minor modifications make a major modification? (a variant on the recognize-and-allow theme). Review of the expansive changes that have taken place under the public radar during the construction process of the dwarf-themed winery.
Staff Agenda Letter
Staff number crunching of the changes
Moffitt comments to the commission
(approved 5-0)

1:30pm
Syar Expansion Continuance from the Aug 12th hearing

The last hearing? Staff has come up with a "hybrid" proposal that reduces excavation area and total yearly output. Can Syar live with it? Can neighbors accept it?
Alternative proposals
Napa county Syar page
SCR Syar page
(EIR and Syar's plan approved 5-0)

Location: County Building Downtown
Tue, Nov 3, 2015
9:00am

Board of Supervisors


Among the quantity of issues the BOS has to deal with this week is item 6L, "authorization for the Chair to sign an agreement with Visit Napa Valley for the provision of marketing, sales promotions and tourist serving activities to market Napa Valley as a tourism, meeting and event destination..." $5.6 million devoted to bringing more tourists, development and "tourism improvement" and move us ever further from a real agricultural community and economy.
Wed, Nov 4, 2015
9:00

County Planning Commission


The agenda is here

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Major Modification. map
More event visitation. Replacement of two production buildings with new variances encroaching 474' into 600 setback. The agenda letter is here. To be continued again.

Discussion of APAC issues:
Temporary Events included in use permits
(Note this memo from Planning Dir Gitelman in 2009 leading to the revision of the WDO during the recession. How will it be seen in 2015?)
Start date for implementation of new winery regs
Art as winery signage.
Winery development vs winery coverage

Thu, Nov 5, 2015
7-8:30pm

Sierra Club meeting on climate change


The Napa Sierra Club is hosting a community meeting to explain how the latest climate science shows global warming can be slowed and discuss specifically what we in Napa can do.

Location: Napa Main Library

Contact Christina Benz
Mon, Nov 9, 2015
4:00-6:00pm

Climate Action Plan


A meeting hosted by PBES to discuss the Napa County Climate Action Plan (aka CAP)

Your invitation to attend is here
The County's Climate Action Plan page

Location: Napa County Library Community Room
Mon, Nov 16, 2015
10:00am

ABC license hearing on Relic Winery


The continuation the hearing from July 16th.
The SCR Relic page is here

Dates: Nov 16th and 17th, 2015
Location: NCTPA offices, 625 Burnell St, 1st floor board room Napa.
Mon, Nov 16, 2015
6:00

Community meeting on Sonoma event centers


Public Meeting on winery/event center issues on Monday, November 16, 6:30 PM at the Glaser Center, 527 Mendocino Avenue in Santa Rosa

More information is here

Wed, Nov 18, 2015
9:00

County Planning Commision


The agenda and docs are here

Reynolds Winery Major Mod. map
20 to 40,000 g/y increase, another 14,000 visitor slots/yr, 16 more parking spaces, etc. Ever more impacts on the soon to be very crowded intersection of Soda Canyon Road and the Trail.
Hearing Notice
County's Reynolds Winery documents
To be continued until Dec 16th.

Summers Winery Major Mod. map
Recognize and allow existing illegal uses. 50,000 g/y increase, 2900 visitor slots/yr increase, 2x20,000 gal storage tanks, new 5400 sf tank farm encroachment 270' into setback, wastewater treatment plant.
Hearing notice
[continued to 3/2/16]

Syar final surface mining permit approval
NVR: Planners to take final Syar vote
[approved 3-2]

Public art and use permit modification definitions
A good set of photos on the uses of large-scale art as billboards to promote wineries and attract attention away from the bucolic landscapes of the Valley.
Fri, Nov 20, 2015
6:00pm

Rural Napa/Sonoma impact awareness evening


A special gathering in San Francisco to learn more about how citizens from Napa and Sonoma counties (including many in the wine business) are working together to preserve the rural nature and environment of these areas and the health and safety of everyone who lives or visits here.
Location: 1390 McAllister Street, San Francisco

RSVP to Geoff Ellsworth - geoffellsworth@yahoo.com

Tue, Nov 24, 2015
9:35am

Board of Supervisors


Bell Winery appeal
Agenda letter
To be continued until Dec 15th
Mon, Nov 30, 2015
7-8:30pm

Green Party Forum on Napa Growth


The Napa County Green Party will host a panel discussion entitled, “Growth in Napa County: A Community Forum
NVR LTE: Forum will address growth issues
(Note: Mon, Nov 30th, not Fri)

Location: Napa County Library Community Room
580 Coombs St, Napa.

Wed, Dec 2, 2015
9:00am

County Planning Commission


the agenda is here

Tench Winery map
New 43000 g/y 5100 visitor slots/yr, 15 parking spots, 7 employees, another left turn bump on the Trail. A humble project by a storied grape grower, but, sigh, a bit more of the valley's chacteristic wooded knolls removed for a building and parking lot.
Hearing Notice
[approved]

Frog's Leap Major Mod map
43000 more visitors/y, 30 more parking spaces, recognize and allow 31 more employees. New building. Left turn lane. No change in capacity. Just more tourists.
Hearing Notice
To be continued to Jan 6th, 2016


Mon, Dec 7, 2015
6:30-8:30pm

Watson Ranch Community Meeting


Meeting Flier
City of American Canyon Watson Ranch Page
Location:
Canyon Oaks Elementary School, 475 Silver Oak Trail, American Canyon
Tue, Dec 8, 2015
9:00am

Board of Supervisors


BOS first review of APAC recommendations.
County's APAC presentation to Farm Bureau
Item 9D on the agenda here with documents
The agenda Letter is here
Tue, Dec 15, 2015
10:30am

Board of Supervisors


Agenda and docs are here

6J Contract for an EIR for Stagecoach vineyards 106 acre conversion in Rector watershed

9K Visit Napa Valley Fiscal Report

Bell Winery appeal
Agenda letter
to be continued to 2/2/16
Wed, Dec 16, 2015
9:00am

County Planning Commission


Agenda and docs are here

Reynolds Winery Major Mod. map
20 to 40,000 g/y increase, another 14,000 visitor slots/yr, 16 more parking spaces, 6 more employees. Ever more impacts on the soon to be very crowded intersection of Soda Canyon Road and the Trail.
Hearing Notice
County's Reynolds Winery documents
to be continued to 1/20/16

Dakota Shy Winery Major Mod
13,000 gal/yr increase, 5900 visitor slots, 8 more employees, 8 more parking spots, 50' setback from the Trail, less for water tanks, trash enclosure, retention pond
Hearing Notice
to be continued to 1/20/16
2016
Tue, Jan 5, 2016
9:00am

Board of Supervisors


Agenda and documents

9K 10:00am: BOS review of remaining APAC recommendations.
Continuation of the 12/5/15 deliberations. No public comments.
Previous documents are linked on Item 9D on the 12/8/15 agenda
The video of the 12/5/12 hearing is here (7 hours long!)

9L 2:00pm: Vine Trail Discussion
NVR 12/10/15: Is the Vine Trail compatible with growing grapes?
The petition to keep the vine trail out of the vineyards
Wed, Jan 6, 2016
9:00am

County Planning Commission


Frog's Leap Major Mod map
43000 more visitors/y, 30 more parking spaces, recognize and allow 31 more employees. New building. Left turn lane. No change in capacity. Just more tourists.
Hearing Notice
Meeting Cancelled
Thu, Jan 14, 2016
2:00-4:00pm

Palmaz Helipad scoping session open house


Public discussion of the application by The Amalia Palmaz Living Trust for a helipad and hanger at the Palmaz estate on Hagen Road in Napa.

The full notice of preparation (NOP) with documents is here
NapaVision2050 Palmaz info and petition page
SCR on Palmaz
Wed, Jan 20, 2016
9:00am

County Planing Commisssion


Agenda and documents

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Major Mod. map
More event visitation. Replacement of two production buildings with new variances encroaching 474' into 600 setback.
The agenda letter is here.
[approved 4-0]

Summers Winery Major Mod. map
Recognize and allow existing illegal uses. 50,000 g/y increase, 2900 visitor slots/yr increase, 2x20,000 gal storage tanks, new 5400 sf tank farm encroachment 270' into setback, wastewater treatment plant.
Hearing notice
[continued to Feb 17th 2016]

Dakota Shy Winery Major Mod
13,000 gal/yr increase, 5900 visitor slots, 8 more employees, 8 more parking spots, 500' encroachment into Trail setback, more for water tanks, trash enclosure, retention pond
Hearing Notice
[approved 4-0]

Reynolds Winery Major Mod. map
20 to 40,000 g/y increase, another 14,000 visitor slots/yr, 16 more parking spaces, 6 more employees. Ever more impacts on the soon to be very crowded intersection of Soda Canyon Road and the Trail.
Hearing Notice
County's Reynolds Winery documents
SCR on Reynolds
[To be dropped and rescheduled]

Frog's Leap Major Mod map
43000 more visitors/y, 30 more parking spaces, recognize and allow 31 more employees. New building. Left turn lane. No change in capacity. Just more tourists.
Hearing Notice
[To be dropped or rescheduled]
Tue, Jan 26, 2016
9:00am

Board of Supervisors


Girard Winery Appeal
County Girard page
SCR Girard page
[To be continued to Mar 8th]


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