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Planning Commission 8/1/2018 Regular Meeting

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CEQA Status:
Consideration and possible adoption of a Negative Declaration. The project, as proposed and conditioned, is not anticipated to create any significant impacts on the environment. The project is not on any of the lists of hazardous waste sites enumerated under Government Code Section 65962.5.

Request: Approval of a Use Permit (P09-00529) to establish a new 30,000 gallon per year winery with the following components: 1) The construction of a 21,795 square foot winery building, which includes 2,761 square feet of accessory use and 19,065 square feet of production area, and the construction of a 2,965 square foot cave; 2)Tours and tastings by appointment only for a maximum of 18 visitors per day with a maximum of 126 visitors per week, Monday through Sunday; 3) A marketing plan that allows 12 food and wine pairing events with a maximum of 30 guests; three (3) wine club open house events with a maximum of 75 guests, two (2) wine auction events with a maximum of 125 guests; 4) Hours of operation: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. for visitation; 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. for production, seven days a week ; 5) Four (4) full-time employees and two (2) part-time employees; 6) On-premise consumption of the wines produced on-site, consistent with Business and Professions Code §§23356, 23390, and 23396.5 within the tasting room and outdoor hospitality areas; 7) Construction of eight (8) parking spaces (seven (7) standard spaces and one (1) ADA space). Event overflow parking will take place in the vineyard avenues; 8) Installation of a wastewater system; 9) Installation of three (3) water storage tanks 100,000 gallons, 50,000 gallons, and 10,000 gallons in size; 10) Improvements to the existing driveway, and Replacement of the existing bridge. The 55.35 acre project site is located on the north side of Chiles Pope Valley Road approximately 3/4 of a mile north of its intersection with Lower Chiles Valley Road. The parcel is zoned AW (Agricultural Watershed) District; 3450 Chiles Pope Valley Road; APN 025-230-016 and APN 025-230-014.

Staff Recommendation: Adopt the Negative Declaration and approve the request for a Use Permit as conditioned.

Staff Contact: Graham Hannaford, Planner II, (707) 299-1361 or or Charlene Gallina, Supervising Planner, (707) 299-1355 or

Applicant: Carolyn Martini and Barry Cox; phone (707) 965-2710 or email

Applicant Representative: Donna Oldford; phone (707) 963-5832 or email

Supporting Documents
A Draft Findings ( Microsoft Word Document - 26 kb )
B Draft Conditions of Approval ( Adobe PDF - 1948 kb )
C Draft Negative Declaration ( Adobe PDF - 236 kb )
D Application Material ( Adobe PDF - 2498 kb )
E Water Availability Analysis ( Adobe PDF - 3506 kb )
F Wastewater Feasibility Study ( Adobe PDF - 9663 kb )
G Graphics ( Adobe PDF - 15058 kb )
H Winery Comparison Charts ( Adobe PDF - 106 kb )
I Stormwater Control Plan ( Adobe PDF - 6459 kb )



CEQA Status
: Consideration and possible adoption of a Mitigated Negative Declaration. According to the proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration, the proposed project would not have any potentially significant environmental impacts after implementation of mitigation measures. Mitigation measures are proposed for the areas of biological resources, transportation/traffic, and tribal cultural resources. The project site is not included on a list of hazardous materials sites compiled pursuant to Government Code Section 65962.5.

Request: Approval of a Use Permit Major Modification to an existing 59,000 gallon per year winery to allow the following: (1) Convert approximately 2,069 square feet of the existing wine storage caves from a type I to a type III cave for hospitality use and convert approximately 3,056 square feet of existing winery building floor space to hospitality use; (2) Install a commercial kitchen and convert the existing mezzanine area to employee offices within the existing 23,662 square foot winery building; (3) Increase annual permitted maximum production from 59,000 gallons to 240,000 gallons; (4) Upgrade the existing wastewater system and associated infrastructure consistent with County Code; convert the existing storage ponds to a wastewater treatment pond; and install on-site drainage systems and fire suppression systems; (5) On-premises consumption of wines produced on site in the tasting areas and outdoor patio in accordance with Business and Professions Code Sections 23358, 23390 and 23396.5; (6) Increase employees from 10 full-time employees to 15 full-time employees and nine (9) part-time employees; (7) Increase parking spaces from 30 spaces to 50 spaces; (8) Change the winery’s tasting room hours of operation from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM to 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM (Seven days a week) and non-harvest production hours of operation from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM to 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM (Seven days a week); and (9) Construct a new access driveway to Chiles Pope Valley Road. An increase in the maximum number of guests for daily tours and tasting and the modification of an existing marketing program is also requested. A Use Permit Exception to the Conservation Regulations (P18-00189) is also requested to allow construction of the proposed new access driveway to Chiles Pope Valley Road to encroach into the required 55-foot stream setback by approximately 45 feet for Maxwell Creek and associated wetland for approximately 120 lineal feet. The project is located on an approximately 247.5 acre site within the AW (Agricultural Watershed) zoning district at 4105 Chiles Pope Valley Road, St. Helena, CA; APN: 025-020-023.

Staff Recommendation:
Adopt the Mitigated Negative Declaration and approve the Use Permit Exception to the Conservation Regulations and Use Permit Major Modification, as conditioned.

Staff Contact: Jason R. Hade, AICP, Planner III, (707) 259-8757 or

Applicant Contact: Jeffrey Redding, AICP, Land Use Planning Services, 2423 Renfrew Street, Napa, CA 94558, (707) 255-7375 or

Supporting Documents
A Recommended Findings ( Adobe PDF - 59 kb )
B Recommended Conditions of Approval and Final Agency Approval Memos ( Adobe PDF - 2711 kb )
C Previous Conditions ( Adobe PDF - 2244 kb )
D Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration ( Adobe PDF - 738 kb )
E Use Permit Application Packet ( Adobe PDF - 2083 kb )
F Conservation Regulations Exception Application Packet ( Adobe PDF - 1385 kb )
G Water Availability Analysis ( Adobe PDF - 6693 kb )
H Wastewater Feasibility Study ( Adobe PDF - 4179 kb )
I Traffic Impact Study ( Adobe PDF - 10236 kb )
J Biological Resources Assessment ( Adobe PDF - 5044 kb )
K Graphics ( Adobe PDF - 9849 kb )
L Winery Comparison Analysis ( Adobe PDF - 163 kb )
M 7B Correspondence (Added after initial agenda posting) ( Adobe PDF - 1014 kb )
N 7B Correspondence (Added after meeting) ( Adobe PDF - 262 kb )