Bill Hocker | Mar 23, 2021 Update 7/2/21
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NVR 7/2/21: Napa County's vineyard growth debates continue beneath surface
County Documents including comments submitted on the DEIR have been collected here
Center for Biological Diversity DEIR CEQA rebuttal
Amber Manfree DEIR CEQA rebuttal
Amber Manfree writes that a public notice
of the Draft Environmental Impact (DEIR) for the Gallo Stagecoach North ECP/EIR has been posted requesting public comment, with comments due by Mon. Mar. 29, 2021
Manfree 7 page synopsis of the 300+ page DEIR
You can access Erosion Control Plan documents via the State of California EIR site here
. Alternatively, you can access them along with additioanl documents on the County website (here's a direct link to documents
[in a very frustrating cutoff format]).
The Soda Canyon Road materials from the Mountain Peak Winery
project will be very helpful!
- Likely negative impacts
- Increased traffic
- Reduced fire safety
- Impacts of runoff on downstream waterways, including threatened species and water supply for the Veteran's Home and Town of Yountville
- Loss of biodiversity
- Loss of carbon storage
- Potential groundwater impacts
Again, questions or comments regarding the project may be addressed to County Planner Donald Barilla at Donald.Barrella@countyofnapa.org
The County has just sent a Notice of Preparation for the Stagecoach North vineyards EIR. The Erosion Control Plan has been available for some time.
Notice of Preparation of the Draft EIR for Stagecoach North Vineyard Conversion
The County's Stagecoach North page
Note below the concern that this expansion will become the precedent for the vineyard development of all the ridges surrounding the watershed, in a watershed already burdened by the greatest level of watershed development in the county.
Winebusiness.com 4/23/19: E&J Gallo to Expand Stagecoach Vineyard
Gallo has taken up an expansion of Stagecoach Vineyards first proposed by Jan Krupp but then abandoned when he sold the property. The expansion adds 116 more acres to their existing 600 acres
on the Rector Reservoir watershed.
The County documents page is here.
It's interesting to compare the Gallo proposal to Bloodlines, both similar sized proposals. Other than a couple of blocks which may not be developed, the Bloodlines proposal infills a development pattern that has already been established on the Rector Plateau which stays away from the ridgelines. The Gallo proposal pushes all the way up to the ridge, breaking the de facto development boundary and establishing a precedent for development on the rest of the ridges.
The Rector watershed is already the most heavily developed by percentage in the county. The impact of siltation on the capacity of Rector Reservoir has already been raised
, and continued development of the the ridgeline slopes will only continue the process as well as further constraining wildlife movement. And of course will add that much more traffic on the road.
The County, at the 4/23/19 BOS meeting, requested $330,000 to contract for an EIR on the project (paid for by Gallo). The EIR will probably take a year of so to be finalized.