Updated 11 p.m.: A special meeting of the Napa County Planning Commission brought an estimated 150 people to the Napa Valley Opera House Tuesday night to probe the details of the recently-released environmental impact report for the proposed mixed-use development known as Napa Pipe.
Though dozens of those in attendance filled out comment cards, they were not provided with a microphone. Instead, planning commission chair Michael Basayne read the questions and comments from the cards, requesting responses from either county staff or the Napa Pipe applicants, chiefly represented by Keith Rogal of Napa Redevelopment Partners.
A second public meeting of the planning commission is scheduled for 6 p.m. March 19 at Napa Valley College. Following that session, the commission may present a recommendation to the county supervisors.
Please see the attached PDF for three Napa Pipe alternatives according to Napa County planning staff.
Is 2,050 still too many homes for Napa Pipe?
County planning staffers have recommended no more than 700-945 housing units at the 154-acre site where Napa Redevelopment Partners had originally proposed as many as 3,200 townhome residences as part of its ambitious, "New Urbanist" mixed-use development plan.
But according to a report in the Napa Valley Register, slow-growth advocates who already oppose the Napa Pipe project say because so few homes couldn't support neighborhood businesses, the scaled-back version would create worse traffic congestion than the developer's most recent proposal of 2,050 homes with local businesses and a school.
What are your thoughts? Take our strictly non-scientific opinion poll and let us know how big, or small, you think development at Napa Pipe should be.
Correction: The first edition of this poll mischaracterized the amount of housing county staff now recommends for Napa Pipe. The county is recommending 700-945 units built in 200-unit phases, although an alternative plan allows for far fewer homes (see attached pdf).