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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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2020
Wed, Jan 15, 2020
9:00am

County Planning Commission


Agenda and documents

7A Accessory Dwelling Unit ordinance

7B Scarlett Winery New Use Permit
[continued from 10/2/19]
30,000 gal/yr, 5025 vis/yr, 8 employees, 13 parking spaces, 25-89 trips/day
County's Scarlett Winery page
1052 Ponti Rd
[aproved 4-1, Cottrell no]

7C Shadybrook Estate Winery major mod
[continued form 12/4/19]
recognize, allow, increase permit. Recognize: 4 new existing buildings, existing patio, BBQ, bocce court, event garden, outdoor amplified sound system, 17 more parking spaces, 8 more employees. Increase: 40,000 more g/y, 11,366 more visitors/yr
Plus recognition of major Equestrian Facility and events.
100 Rapp Lane, Napa
[approved without requested visitation increases]

7D Rapp Equestrian Center
Same owner and location as the Shadybrook Winery.
More recognize and allow code violations.
Wed, Jan 22, 2020
9:00am

County Planning Commission


Agenda and documents

7A Caldwell Winery Major Mod
[Remanded back to Planning Commission after Appeal to BOS on 3/12/19]
Video and documents of 3/12/19 BOS Appeal
Video and documents of 10/17/18 PC hearing
County Caldwell page
Use Permit modification for 10,000 more g/y, unbelievably complex (and unenforcible) tourism plan resulting in 6349 visitors/yr
SCR on the Caldwell deliberation
Napa Vision 2050 comments and visuals on the project.
[approved 5-0 with many in process changes]

7B Paradox Winery Major Mod
200,000 more gal/yr, 23,252 more visitors/yr
County's Paradox page
[approved 5-0}

7C Oak Knoll Hotel FEIR presentation
Hearing Notice
County's Oak Knoll Hotel page
Oak Knoll FEIR, comments, responses
Oak Knoll DEIR
[tentative certification of EIR 5-0]
Tue, Jan 28, 2020
9:00am

Board of Supervisors


Agenda and documents

Joint BOS/Planning Commission meeting rescheduled for March

6H Proposed Adoption of Renewable Energy Systems Ordinance

9B Small winery use permit zoning ordinance revisions
Tue, Feb 4, 2020
6:30-8:00pm

Supervisor Candidate Environmental Forum


Candidate Environmental Forum
Location:
Napa Main Library
580 Coombs St, Napa

Co-hosted by Napa Vision 2050, Get a Grip on Growth,
and Friends of Napa River
Tue, Feb 4, 2020
9:00am

Board of Supervisors


Agenda and documents

6G Adoption of Small Winery Streamlining Ordinance
Ordinance to increase ease of winery approvals and increase winery tourism by administrative action.
Winery Streamlining Ordinance
SCR on Winery Fast-tracking

9D Bremer Winery Appeal
[continued to 3/17/20 but "Appellant's counsel has declined to cooperate in scheduling the hearing."]
SCR on Bremer

9E Accessory Dwelling Unit Ordinance
Greenline ordinance

10A Changes in road and street standards
Easing of road and street standards to facilitate winery fast-tracking with Winery Streamlining Ordinance.
Wed, Feb 5, 2020
9:00am

County Planning Commission


Agenda and documents

7A Anthem Winery Use Permit
Neg Dec Notice
County Anthem page
SCR on Anthem
[approved 5-0 with production and visitation reductions]
Fri, Feb 7, 2020
12 noon

Napa Watershed Forum


We manage what we measure: A Napa water forum
sponsored by Growers and Vintners of Responsible Agriculture, Napa Vision 2050 and Water Audit California.

Invitation
Tue, Feb 11, 2020
9:00am

Board of Supervisors


Agenda and documents

9C Hard Six Cellars appeal
Appeal documents
SCR on Hard Six project
[Appeal Upheld 5-0, project denied!!]
Wed, Feb 19, 2020
9:00am

County Planning Commission


Soscol Headwaters Park New Use Permit
A use permit is needed of the Soscol Headwaters Park, created by the County Regional Park and Open Space District in 2015, on the eastern side of Wilderness Park to permit the construction of trails (and probably parking areas).
Hearing notice
[approved ]
Tue, Mar 3, 2020

Voting Deadline!


County Election Election deadline for mail in ballots.
SCR on the 2020 election in Napa County.
Wed, Mar 4, 2020
9:00am

County Planning Commission


Agenda and documents

7A Final certification of Oak Knoll Hotel EIR
1/22/20 planning commission hearing agenda and documents
[FEIR certified 3-0, Gallagher opposed, Hansen gone, with $1mil affordable housing fee as COA]
Tue, Mar 17, 2020
9:00am

Board of Supervisors


Agenda and documents

9A Bremer Winery Appeal
SCR on Bremer
Tue, May 5, 2020
9:00am

Board of Supervisors


Agenda and Documents

9C Final denial of the Appeal to the Planning Commission's 10/16/19 allowance of Bremer Winery's illegal improvments

3/17/20 Appeal and intent to deny agenda and video
10/16/19 Planning Commission hearing agenda and video
SCR on the Bremer Saga
Tue, May 19, 2020
9:00am

Board of Supervisors


Agenda and Documents

9F Appeal of the Anthem Winery Use Permit Approval
[to be continued to 9/1/20]

County's Anthem Winery Page
SCR on the Anthem WInery

1:30pm: 9H The long promised Joint BOS/PC over the future development of Napa County

This agenda item was added at the last minute in the midst of public-participation Covid constrictions. The input of residents impacted by continuing urbanization will no doubt be muted. The last joint meeting drew hundreds of citizens to the process, and a lengthly, though ultimately unfruitful, airing of concern over the pace of development in the county.

How tourism and the wine industry will rebound from the Covid crisis is still unknown, but the people packing bars in Wisconsin and the pro-tourism legislation in Napa passed after the 2008 downturn indicate that tourism impacts will probably be a bigger issue after the virus than before. The direction toward more urban development projects -- hotels and winery tourism venues, housing, road and warehouse construction, deforestation for vineyard estates -- has solidified in the last years, and the battle to limit that development seems, unfortunately, to be more and more a lost cause.
Wed, May 20, 2020
9:00am

County Planning Commission


Agenda and Documents

7C Chappellet Winery Major Mod
100,000 more gal/yr, 21,960 more vis/yr, 12 more parking spaces, 6 more employees, road exception, 60 more trips/day on Sage Canyon Rd (already at LOS F)
[approved 5-0]

Scarlett Winery Appeal [to be continued]
Mathew Bruno Tasting Room Appeal [to be continued]
Wed, Jun 17, 2020
9:00am

County Planning Commission


MEETING CANCELLED (rescheduled for 7/1/20)

Agenda and Documents

7A Bremer Winery Illegal improvements Remand
After an appeal of the Planning Commission's approval of Bremer's illegal property improvements within a creek setback, the BOS returned the question of the building improvements, but not the landscape improvements, back to the Commission for further review.

SCR on the Bremer Saga

8A Water Availability Analysis Workshop

Comprehensive timeline on County's Water availability analysis efforts since 1963
SCR on Groundwater Sustainability Analysis
Tue, Jun 23, 2020
9:45am

Board of Supervisors


Appeal of the PC approval of the Mathew Bruno Tasting Room on Rutherford Rd (tentative)
5/5/20 BOS Agenda Letter with continuation
1/15/20 Planning Commission video and agenda
[Appeal denied 5-0]
Wed, Jul 1, 2020
9:00am

County Planning Commission


Agenda and Documents

7A Bremer Winery Illegal improvements. Remand
To be continued to July 15th

After an appeal of the Planning Commission's approval of Bremer's illegal property improvements within a creek setback, the BOS returned the question of the building improvements, but not the landscape improvements, back to the Commission for further review.

SCR on the Bremer Saga

7B Alta Napa Valley Vineyards Winery Use Permit
10,000 gal/yr, 3660 visitors/yr, 3 employees, varience to allow building 100' setback from Trail.
A modest proposal that nontheless adds one more (solar collector-topped) box of a building, parking lot and tanks to he winery strip-mall that the Trail is becoming. (rendering here).
2125 Silverado Trail

Hearing Notice
County Alta Napa Valley page (no longer available)
County current projects explorer
SCR on the Alta Napa Valley Winery
[approved 5-0]

8A Water Availability Analysis Workshop

Comprehensive timeline on County's Water availability analysis efforts since 1963
SCR on Groundwater Sustainability Analysis

Tue, Jul 14, 2020
10:00am

Board of Supervisors


Appeal of PC approval of Scarlett WInery on Ponti Road
[To be dropped and re-noticed for later date]

5/5/20 BOS Agenda Letter with continuation
SCR on Scarlett
12/4/19 Planning Commission video and agenda
Wed, Jul 15, 2020
9:00am

County Planning Commission


Agenda and Documents

7B Bremer Winery Illegal improvements. Remand
[Continued from July 1st, 2020]

After an appeal of the Planning Commission's approval of Bremer's illegal property improvements within a creek setback, the BOS returned the question of the building improvements, but not the landscape improvements, back to the Commission for further review.
SCR on the Bremer Saga

7D Nova Business Park South Parcel Map
Another very prominent chunk of the green belt separatng Napa from the urban sprawl of the Bay Area gets filled in with industrial boxes.
More here

7E Jamcan Tentative Parcel Map
A major property subdivided into (albeit large) vineyard estates, prominently visible from Hwy29 north of American Canyon.
Tue, Jul 21, 2020
9:00am

Board of Supervisors


Agenda and Documents

10C Executive Officer requests guidance from the Board on several issues including:

"Rule change allowing the Board to call up any planning commission item that was not formally appealed."

"Review of Guenoc Valley proposal in Lake County and impact on Napa Couny."
More Here

Wed, Aug 5, 2020
9:00am

County Planning Commisssion


Agenda and Documents

7A Rombauer Winery Recognize-Allow-Expand Major Mod
recognize 36 add'l employees, 5 add'l parking spaces, add 11 more employees, 2 new picnic areas, allow outdoor amplified music, new service road, 4 more parking spaces, acceleration lane on Trail, utility additions, recognize required 75% production level, 1410 more visitors/yr.
Hearing Notice
map
[to be continued to Sept 16, 2020]

8A Inn at the Abbey DEIR scoping session
79 room hotel and resort located adjacent to and operated in conjunction with the Freemark Abbey Winery
Hearing Notice
map

The coming of the winery hotel and the Las Vegas-ization of the Napa Valley.
SCR on The Hotel Binge
Tue, Aug 11, 2020
9:00am

Board of Supervisors


Agenda and documents

9D Cain Winery Status Determination Appeal
A modest difference over documented permitted visitation (260/yr) in 1981 and assumed allowed current visitation (1600/yr) has turned into a major bureaucratic (and cost) headache for a long-time, authentic wine maker as the County digs in its heels on enforcement and process. In the meantime tens of thousands of new visitor slots are being granted each month to tourism entrepreneurs who have the disposable wealth needed to secure a winery use permit approval.
[remanded to staff to reconsider their recommendation]
Wed, Aug 19, 2020
9:00am

County Planning Commission


Agenda and documents

7A Saintsbury Winery Major Mod
30,795 more visitors/yr, 9 more employees, 11 more parking spaces, outdoor visitatiaon, sanitary/water upgrades.
Hearing Notice
Map
[approved 5-0, visitation reduced to 450vis/wk or 23,900 add'l vis/yr]

8A Digital and E-Commerce in the Wine Industry
Paul Mabray Presentation
8/19/20 video discussion begins at 0:16:00

8B Workshop on WInery Comparison Analysis
8/19/20 video discussion begins at 1:19:33
Tue, Sep 1, 2020
9:00am

Board of Supervisors


Agenda and Documents

10:15am 9D Anthem Winery Appeal
Appeal of the 2/5/20 approval of the project by the Planning Commission.
Video of 2/5/20 PC Meeting
Agenda for 2/5/20 PC Meeting
[To be Continued to Nov 10, 2020]
Wed, Sep 2, 2020
9:00am

County Planning Commission


Agenda and Documents

Hyde Winery Major Mod
39,700 more visitors/yr, 23 more parking spaces, 5 more employees
[Approved 5-0 with visitation reduction to 23660 more vis/yr]

Ballentine Vineyards Recognize-Allow-Expand Major Mod
75000 more gal/yr, 22,835 more visitors/yr, 22 more parking spaces, 93 trips, 15 employees tot, setback varience
County current projects explorer
Hearing Notice
Map
[approved 5-0 with minor visitation reductions]
Wed, Sep 16, 2020
9:00am

County Planning Commission


Agenda and Documents

Rombauer Winery Recognize-Allow-Expand Major Mod
[tentative - continued from Aug 5, 2020 hearing]
recognize 36 add'l employees, 5 add'l parking spaces, add 11 more employees, 2 new picnic areas, allow outdoor amplified music, new service road, 4 more parking spaces, acceleration lane on Trail, utility additions, recognize required 75% production level, 1410 more visitors/yr.
Hearing Notice
8/5/20 Hearing agenda letter
Map
[approved 5-0, picnic area and amplified/background music excluded, TDM modified]

Benjamin Ranch Winery New Use Permit
475,000 gal/yr, 146,000 visitors/yr, 87,000sf of buildings, 61 employees, 75 parking spaces, sale of "wine related items".
Staff: "project would not have any potentially significant environmental impacts".
Hearing Notice
Map
[to be continued with reduced visitation and staff response to comm questions to a date uncertain "as soon as possible"]

Nickel & Nickel Recognize-Allow-Expand Major Mod
Recognize and allow 46 more employees. Add 100,000 more gal/yr, 49,300 more visitors/yr, food service, 61 more parking spaces, 6000 more sf of building area.
Hearing Notice
Map
[approved 5-0]

Wed, Sep 23, 2020
9:00am

County Zoning Administrator meeting


Hindawi Residence Viewshed Application
Agenda Letter
Agenda and Documents
Zoning Administrator Page
One of Napa Valley's iconic central knolls to be developed into home site.

SCR on the project here
[Approved at 9:18am]
Tue, Nov 10, 2020
9:00am

Board of Supervisors


Anthem Winery Appeal [tentative]
[continued from 9/1/20 BOS meeting]
Appeal of the 2/5/20 approval of the project by the Planning Commission.
Video of 2/5/20 PC Meeting
Agenda for 2/5/20 PC Meeting
BOS 9/1/20 Staff Letter [from 9/1/20 meeting]


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