Described by his new political opponent in the Napa Valley Register as a staunch supporter of the ambitious Napa Pipe mixed-used development proposal, District 2 supervisor Mark Luce says that’s no longer an accurate depiction of his views.
Friday’s Register article about City Council member Juliana Inman’s surprise announcement that she plans to challenge Luce for his supervisorial seat has “a few things wrong,” he wrote Napa Patch by email on his way back from what he described as a “personal trip to Indonesia.”
Luce’s email continued,
I am in my fourth term (about 14 years now).
I have been registered as an independent for over a year as that reflects my approach to governance.
I am happy to let the City of Napa take our entire housing allocation from the State, which is now possible with our sub-regional approach, and keep Napa Pipe as industrial.
The current designation for housing was the result of an agreement with the City of Napa and prevented designating open space for housing.
In that sense, I have supported Napa Pipe housing while we looked for other alternatives.
But given our successes, I don't see a large development being approved there, beyond what the City has already supported.
Inman is the second to come forward with a challenge to Luce’s incumbency: Her fellow City Council member Mark Van Gorder is also planning a run for the seat next year.