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Napa Pipe "Will Be an Island," Green Party Member Says

John Stephens of the Napa Green Party read these comments to the the Napa County Board of Supervisors during Monday's public hearing on the Napa Pipe development proposal.

The California Coastal Commission has just denied the expansion of the City of Morro Bay’s sewer plant because it was located within an area likely to be inundated by sea level rise.

The Napa Pipe site is just 7 feet above sea level. The rate of sea level rise has been ever increasing at an alarming rate. Every few years the estimates the sea level has been revised upward.

If Napa Pipe is raised twelve feet as proposed then during flood stage it will be an island cut off from the rest of the County because the roads and sewer services will be swamped. A wise man does not build his house on sand; neither does he build his house in a flood zone.

2012 has gone down into US history as the hottest year ever. Scientists universally concur it is as the result of our production of greenhouse gases. Our energy production is a major contributor of to warming planet.

The Napa County Green Party believes that the property should remain an industrial use; best used for siting a solar power plant.

The Sterling Engine solar design where sunlight is focused at raised central boiler on a tower can produce four times the electricity as a photovoltaic system. A Community Choice Aggregation program should be set up to give electrical customers a choice for renewable, sustainable, locally produced, and life affirming energy.

The Rural-Urban Limit Line was established to contain the growth and has provided a model to others throughout the country. We have become a tourist center in part because of our RUL. To cast it aside for such a dubious and foolish site-ing for housing and a commercial use would be breaking with an important protection against sprawl. If approved we are letting the cat out of the bag and it will be hard to contain it ever again.

Preserve Napa’s RUL and deny this project. Let us not go down in history as the generation that let Napa sprawl ever outward. We have drawn a line in the sand. Let’s not obliterate it.

John Stephens

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Alex Shantz January 15, 2013 at 08:09 AM
"Commission staff recommended denial of the project because of its proximity to the ocean and creek, making it susceptible to flooding, sea level rise caused by climate change and tsunamis." http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2013/01/10/2352433/coastal-commission-turns-down.html
vocal-de-local January 15, 2013 at 09:37 AM
Woo hoo! I'm glad that someone stepped up to the plate to address the flood/island issue! Kudos to the green party.
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" January 15, 2013 at 08:43 PM
Thank god we have federal courts, That regularly overturn the goofy California Coastal "Commission"
Carol Allen January 15, 2013 at 11:49 PM
Gateway to the Napa Valley. With a big old Costco welcoming them. Not pretty
Carol Allen January 15, 2013 at 11:50 PM
Plus you can't get out of town now. Watch the gridlock
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" January 16, 2013 at 12:38 AM
Better than what is on that site now. Think of the gas we will save, not driving to costco in FF or Vallejo.
Penny January 16, 2013 at 02:03 AM
It's going to be a very small store. Been to Rhonert Park?
Carol Allen January 16, 2013 at 03:45 AM
I'm sure it will have a big sign.
Cathy Gumina Odom January 16, 2013 at 10:31 AM
I'll say yes to a deal with the devil if Costco comes to town! (Snark) Not. I can drive to Vallejo or Fairfield. This Pipe? I'm not Smokin' it.
Penny January 17, 2013 at 05:10 PM
And I fear that is what most people want - convenience not preservation. I feel the space should be preserved as an industrial zone. Also flooding and high tides are a real problem there.especially when the high tide and high water meet Will the county let them fill it above high water mark or will it end up like the shores in New York. The area on the other side is part of the flood control, possibly that is the best use for this land.
Penny January 17, 2013 at 05:12 PM
Don't forget seas are rising and downtown Napa is only 10 ft. above sea level. Seas are scheduled to rise in the upcoming years Also how many of those people with the green thumbs up at the meeting, would want to actually move there. I'll bet few or none.
Harold Edwards January 18, 2013 at 07:52 AM
Rome is burning,but that's alright !

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