Bill Hocker | Sep 14, 2021
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A developer has apparently been cozying up to former General Manager of the Napa Open Space District
for several years with a proposal to develop up to 80 "glamping" units in partnership with the NOSD, promising big tax returns on investment and more land into conservation easements for NOSD use.
The project was pitched before the NOSD board on 9/13/21
. The staff, in their wording of the staff report
to introduce the project to the board, seemed less than enthusiastic in their task. They probably saw that a proposal for a profit-driven high-end open-air luxury hotel
, would be a fairly radical departure from the down-market cabins
and mission of the District to provide publicly available parklands and campsites.
Beyond this, the developer, David Wickline of Aetna Springs Resorts LLC, is proposing to build housing units for 60 "staff" adjacent to the glamping site, rebuild the Aetna Springs Resort with another 80 hotel units and golf course and develop a 15-parcel luxury estate project.
The total project, on 3 separate sites in the Pope Valley, would be on the route to the Guenoc Valley mega development
in Lake County and would undoubtedly induce further development along the corridor, exposing much more of the county to urbanization. The tidal wave of good-life development lust already having consumed the rural character of Napa Valley is now moving outward. How soon will Las Vegas hotels come to Lake Berryessa
one wonders? Or to our own Soda Springs Resort
now for sale and ripe for significant redevelopment?
Aetna Springs Development Staff Report
Turkey Hill Glamping Proposal
NOSD 9/13/21 meeting agenda page
DeMan, Perez, Kahn opposition letters
NVR 9/14/21: Pope Valley luxury campsite proposal hits snag
NVR 12/20/18: Napa County's famed Aetna Springs has new owner with resort plans