|Oct 14, 2014|
It's never over til it's over. A civil lawsuit over the nature of the easement needed by the Woolls over the adjacent Simpson property for access to their winery was decided in favor of the Simpsons throwing the future of the winery project into doubt. The ruling was that the easement was granted for residential and agricultural use and not for commercial use. A summary of the case is here.
The rejection of the appeal to the approval of the use permit on this date, summarized here, may mean that this campaign to protect rural Napa has ended with one more event center headed toward construction, and tourism one step closer to burying the agricultural economy.
Some residents of Mt. Veeder Road and the Mt. Veeder Stewardship Council are currently opposing the 50,000 gal/yr Woolls Ranch tourism facility being proposed on their road.
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 Winery.
6/29/18: SIMPSON v. WOOLLS RANCH, LLC
Mt. Veeder Stewardship Council Website
Staff Board Agenda Letter
Mt Veeder Groundwater and Watershed Information
11/22/14: Appeal hearing agenda
Nov 22, 2014 appeal hearing video
11/6/13: Woolls Ranch Planning Commission Hearing Agenda and Docs
NVR 2/23/17: Mount Veeder Road beset with storm problems
Mount Veeder winery wins approval from planners
Dry wells spur Mount Veeder water dispute
Please oppose Woolls Ranch winery
Board continues controversial Woolls Ranch Winery plan
Supervisors approve Woolls Ranch Winery
Protect our watersheds from wanton development
The proposed Anthem Winery expansion on Dry Creek Road, in the rural area of the western watershed, is currently under review by the planning department. Neighbors are organized and the battle will probably be a long one. I will be covering it here.
Another large (90,000 g/y) event center is planned for 4110 Dry Creek Rd. It is currently listed on the citizen portal here. I will update information as received.
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