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Planning Commission 3/3/2021 Regular Meeting

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CEQA Status: Consideration and possible adoption of a Negative Declaration. According to the Negative Declaration, the proposed project would not have any potentially significant environmental impacts. 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 36,000 gallon per year winery to allow the following: a) modification to increase by appointment Daily Tours and Tastings Program from the current 10 persons per day (weekdays only) to 44 persons per day (May 1 through November 30; Monday through Sunday) and 22 persons per day (December 1 through April 30), 308 persons maximum per week; b) modification of the locations of the Daily Tours and Tastings Program to take place in the Steckter House and the existing wine caves; c) on-premises consumption of wines produced on-site located in the outdoor areas immediately to the south and west of the Steckter House in accordance with Business and Professions Code Sections 23358, 23390 and 23396.5 (AB2004-Evans Bill); d) modification of the existing Marketing Program of nine (9) events per year consisting of (eight (8)) events with a maximum attendance of 45 persons and one (1) event with a maximum attendance of 200 persons) to allow the following: including 32 16 events per year with 12 attendees maximum (11:00am – 10:00pm), 16 five (5) events per year with 32 attendees maximum (11:00am – 10:00pm), three (3)four (4) events per year with 100 50 attendees maximum (611:00pm 00am – 10:00pm), two (2) events per year with 70 attendees maximum (11:00am – 10:00pm), one three (3) events per year with 100 attendees maximum (10:00am – 4:00pm), one event per year with 250 attendees maximum (1:00pm – 4:00pm), catered food prepared by a licensed caterer with minimal on-site preparation (heating and plating), events of 32 attendees or less and evening events of 50 to 100 attendees to occupy the building identified as the Steckter House and its enclosable porch on the eastern side of the building, and events of 100 250 attendees or more to occupy the outdoor area north of the Steckter House; e) Increase on-site employees from 8 full-time employees and 0 part-time employees to 11 full-time employees and 5 part-time employees; f) add three (3) parking spaces for a total of 15 spaces; g) deletion replacement of Condition of Approval #3 from the original approved Use Permit (#98072-UP) which required the applicant to notify a representative of neighbors to the applicant 48 hours prior to an event with a required 30 days prior notice of marketing events with over 40 attendees provided to owners of property located within 1,000 feet of the winery parcels and other nearby owners who have requested such notice; h) width expansion for sections of the existing internal access driveway to 20’ with a 22’ horizontal clearance to comply with the Napa County Road and Street Standards; and i) modify internal circulation so that a portion of the access driveway loop becomes a one-way road. The project is a located on three parcels totaling 63 acres, located at 1570 Bella Oaks Lane, Rutherford, within the Agricultural Preserve (AP) zoning district and General Plan Land Use Designated as Agricultural Reserve (AR). APN 027-250-063, -064 & -065.

Staff Recommendation: Adopt the proposed Negative Declaration and approve the requested Use Permit Major Modification as revised and conditioned.

Staff Contact: Trevor Hawkes, Planner III, (707) 253-4388 or

Applicant Contact: Shari Staglin, Staglin Family Vineyard

Representative Contact: Rob Anglin, Holman Teague Roche Anglin, LLP, (707) 927-4280 or


Supporting Documents
A Recommended Findings ( Adobe PDF - 171 kb )
B Recommended Conditions of Approval and Final Agency Approval Memos ( Adobe PDF - 1648 kb )
C Applicant's Proposed Modifications ( Adobe PDF - 236 kb )
D Summit Engineering, Inc Memo ( Adobe PDF - 152 kb )
E Staff Report of February 3, 2021 ( Adobe PDF - 138 kb )
F Winery Comparison Tables - Revised ( Adobe PDF - 164 kb )
G Graphics ( Adobe PDF - 2387 kb )
H Public Comments Received Subsequent to February 3, 2021, Hearing ( Adobe PDF - 2351 kb )
I 7A Additional Proposed Mods to the COA (Added after initial agenda posting) ( Adobe PDF - 248 kb )
J Additional Public Comments (Added after initial agenda posting) ( Adobe PDF - 3625 kb )
K 7A Applicant Response to Comments (Added after initial agenda posting) ( Adobe PDF - 5664 kb )
L 7A Staff Response to Comments (Added after initial agenda posting) ( Adobe PDF - 181 kb )
M 7A Additional Public Comments (Added after meeting) ( Adobe PDF - 545 kb )



Presentation and discussion on wine and grape growing industry trends by Garrett Buckland, Partner at Premiere Viticultural Services and Rob McMillan, Executive Vice President and Founder of Silicon Valley Bank's Wine Division. This item is for educational/informational purposes and is not intended as a forum on winery or vineyard development related land use regulations.

Staff Recommendation: Informational Item. No action necessary.

Staff Contact: Brian Bordona, Deputy Director, Planning, Building & Environmental Services, 259-5935 or

Supporting Documents
A Rob McMillan Biography ( Adobe PDF - 126 kb )