Agendas & Minutes

Planning Commission 12/1/2010 Regular Meeting

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CEQA Status: The project is Categorically Exempt pursuant to Section 15304 of the California Environmental Quality Act (Class 4 - Minor public or private alterations to land) and Appendix B, Class 4 of the Napa County's Local Procedures for Implementing the California Environmental Quality Act.  Class 4 exemption allows of minor alterations to the conditions of land under which this small private cemetery with a maximum 10 burial site qualify.   This project is not on any of the lists of hazardous waste sites enumerated under Government Code Section 65962.5.
Request:  Approval to establish a small private cemetery to include the following: (1)  8,000 square feet (0.18-acre) earth interment area for a maximum of 10 burial plots; (2) no structures, landscaping, lighting or signage; and (3) replacement in-kind of trees and/or other natural vegetation on a one-one ratio of any existing vegetation removed.  The cemetery site is located in the southeast corner of a 160-acre parcel approximately 2 miles northwesterly off of Soda Canyon Road, approximately 6 miles north of the Soda Canyon Road intersection with Silverado Trail and within the Agricultural Watershed (AW) zoning district.  (Assessor's Parcel Number: 032-030-010)  Soda Canyon Road, Napa, Ca. 94558  

Staff Recommendation: Find the project categorically exempt and approve the Use Permit with proposed conditions of approval.

Staff Contact:  Mary Doyle, 299-1350 or

Supporting Documents
A Proposed Findings ( Microsoft Word Document - 50 kb )
B Proposed Conditions of Approval ( Microsoft Word Document - 48 kb )
C Review Agency Comments ( Adobe PDF Document - 125 kb )
D Application Material ( Adobe PDF Document - 2757 kb )
E Graphics ( Adobe PDF Document - 2571 kb )


CEQA Status:
A Mitigated Negative Declaration was previously adopted for the project site in conjunction with the approval of Agricultural Erosion Control Plan #P09-00465-ECPA (State Clearinghouse No. 2008012010 adopted July 28, 2010). The site is currently being developed with 9.7 acres of vineyard in reliance of #P09-00465-ECPA. The proposed winery project is consistent with the winery analyzed in the previously adopted Mitigated Negative Declaration, and therefore the requested actions are within the scope of the previously adopted Mitigated Negative Declaration. No new potential environmental effects have been identified that were not previously addressed in the Mitigated Negative Declaration, and therefore no further environmental documentation is necessary pursuant to State CEQA Guidelines Section 15162.
Request: This item requires three approvals:
A.) Conservation Regulations Use Permit Exception (#P10-00180-UP) to allow the construction of the proposed winery facility on a building site slope averaging 35.5% - pursuant to Napa County Code section 18.108.040 (B) a use permit is required for development on slopes of 30% or greater. 
B.) Viewshed Protection Program (#P10-00181-VIEW) to allow the construction of the proposed winery facility on a building site with a slope greater than 15% that is visible from a designated viewshed road (Deer Park Road) - pursuant to Napa County Code section 18.106.030 (A).
C.) Winery Use Permit (#P10-00034-UP) to establish a new 10,000 gallon per year winery with:1) approximately 10,050 sq. ft. of caves, 2) approximately 3,400 sq. ft. of outdoor work area, of which 1,400sq. ft would be covered, 3) approximately 1,565 sq. ft. of winery structures, 4) a 1,300 sq. ft. hospitality patio, 5) one full-time and two part-time employees, 6) a parking area that includes nine parking spaces, 7) installation of drainage improvements and subsurface detention facility, 8) by-appointment tours and tastings with a maximum of 15 visitors per day and 50 per week, 9) a marketing plan with nine 30-person marketing events, 10) installation of a winery access road, and 11) installation of a new domestic and process wastewater treatment systems with subsurface disposal.  The proposed project would occur on a 22.61-acre parcel located on the east side of Deer Park Road approximately 0.75 miles north of its intersection with Sanitarium Road, within an Agricultural Watershed (AW) zoning district. Assessor’s Parcel #021-420-015, 1156 Deer Park Road, Deer Park.

Staff Recommendation:  Find the project within the scope of the previously adopted Mitigated Negative Declaration and approve the application as proposed, subject to the mitigation measures and conditions of approval. 

Staff Contact:
  Donald Barrella (707) 299-1338 or

Supporting Documents
A Exhibit A - Findings ( Microsoft Word Document - 37 kb )
B Exhibit B - Conditions of Approval ( Microsoft Word Document - 34 kb )
C Environmental Management Conditions of Approval ( Adobe PDF Document - 168 kb )
D Public Works Conditions of Approval ( Adobe PDF Document - 300 kb )
E Fire Department Conditions of Approval ( Adobe PDF Document - 112 kb )
F Upper Valley Disposal Comment letter ( Adobe PDF Document - 56 kb )
G Initial Study - Mitigated Negative Declaration ( Adobe PDF Document - 8686 kb )
H Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program ( Microsoft Word Document - 24 kb )
I Application Submittal Material ( Adobe PDF Document - 684 kb )
J Graphics ( Adobe PDF Document - 11511 kb )


  Presentation by County Public Health Officer Karen L. Smith, M.D. M.P.H.,  and Commission discussion concerning land use planning and its relationship to public health.

Staff Contact:  John McDowell, 299-1354 or

Supporting Documents
A Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative Planning Guide ( Adobe PDF Document - 484 kb )



Staff Recommendation:  Adopt regular meeting schedule for 2011.

Staff Contact:  John McDowell 299-1354 or

Supporting Documents
A Proposed 2011 Regular Meeting Calendar ( Microsoft Word Document - 44 kb )