County Holds Hearings on Napa Pipe

It's your turn to weigh in on Napa Pipe's draft environmental impact review statement (DEIR) in two public meetings, this morning and evening, in Napa.

Napa city and county residents who want to learn about and comment on the Napa Pipe development proposal have two chances to do so Wednesday.

Public hearings on the project's draft environmental impact report (DEIR) are scheduled for 9 a.m. in the Napa County Board of Supervisors meeting room on the third floor of the county administration building at . and 6 p.m. at the , .

The 150-acre site of the former Napa Pipe industrial site, just outside the city limit, could house thousands of people under an ambitious reuse plan from Napa Redevelopment Partners, whose most visible principal and spokesman is , developer of the Carneros Inn.

Read the draft environmental report for the proposed Napa Pipe development here: http://countyofnapa.org/NapaPipe/SDEIR/

Tom Ontis March 16, 2011 at 08:19 PM
Being the government geek taht I am, I have looked at part of the Environment Impact Report for the Napa Pipe Site/Project. As a retired teacher and a native of Napa, I always look at school issues first. With this in mind: 1. Is NVUSD committed to a school of some kind at the site? 2. What other schools would serve that site within existing attendance boundaries? Overall question: Should the county approve a dense development so far from virtually any services? (Yes, I know about the ground water issues.) Though prices in Napa have been hit hard by the rec ession and prices have decreased, is there a need for this kind of development? One of the knocks against Napa is the cost of housing, which is less than just to the west albeit. There are a lot of assumptions being made, especially when it comes to schools and services. On the water issue, knowing government can take umpteen years to do anything, it would make more sense for the area to enter into an agreement with the City of Napa for water service. Sounds like there would be about four different government agencies involved and each has the ability to put up a roadblock. So, where do they go?
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) March 16, 2011 at 08:55 PM
Good questions all, Tom. I'm heading to the evening session to see what I can learn. Meanwhile, this just in: http://www.northbaybusinessjournal.com/31051/napa-pipe-project-receives-key-support-from-the-greenbelt-alliance/
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) March 17, 2011 at 01:35 AM
One woman called the proposed Napa Pipe development "a diamond mine" for the county. And many people from Upvalley are speaking in support.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) March 17, 2011 at 01:37 AM
Don Evans from Napa Valley Unified School District says the district has concerns -- at the meeting this hour of the Napa County Conservation, Development and Planning commission.
Tom Ontis March 17, 2011 at 04:22 AM
Louisa, This is the ind of thing that Muriel would be loving.
John Stephens March 17, 2011 at 04:34 AM
The central issue with Napa Pipe is it violates Smart Growth Principles of encouraging infill within city limits. It’s where the services are, grocery stores to gas stations, from restaurants to doctors. Compact in city development is better for the environment because it produces less green house gases. The project proposes a public transit but as we see from Maritage Hotel down there no one uses it. Naturally they'd much rather jump in their car than wait for a bus. Only in dense city scapes such as SF, or Paris does public transportation really work.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) March 17, 2011 at 01:51 PM
Here's my early report from last night, working on updates now: http://napa.patch.com/articles/comment-period-extended-on-napa-pipe-report
Dee Gee March 22, 2011 at 01:59 AM
Gotta disagree. A little commuter rail service on the tracks that run from the ferry at Vallejo up to downtown Napa (through Napa Pipe and Am Can) would get lots of folks out of their cars and be a great boon to businesses in downtown. What makes you think no one would use that? And if you've ever been to Vancouver and seen those nifty water taxi's that go up and down the harbor, imagine how nicely those would work running from downtown to Napa Pipe or American Canyon with a few stops in between. If people can ride those pretty much year round to work in frosty Vancouver, they can handle them here. And don't forget there's about 30,000 to 40,000 people working in the surrounding business parks who could just walk or bike to work if they lived at Napa Pipe instead of spending hours on the road commuting from Vacaville or Fairfield. I don't know what "Smart Growth Principles" you're referring to. Greenbelt Alliance - the ultimate proponents and guardians of those "Smart Growth principles" recently endorsed the Napa Pipe project, right?
Tom Ontis March 22, 2011 at 06:20 AM
There were electric trains that ran btw Napa and Vallejo when my mother was growing up in the 1930's. I think my grandmother used to take one to the ferry in VAllejo to visit her family in SF. Interesting idea, though.


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