Agendas & Minutes

Planning Commission 1/19/2011 Regular Meeting

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CEQA Status: Mitigated Negative Declaration prepared. According to the proposed mitigated negative declaration, if mitigation measures are not included, the proposed project would have potentially significant environmental impacts in the following area:  Transportation/Traffic. The project site is not included on a list of hazardous materials sites compiled pursuant to Government Code Section 65962.5.
Request: Approval to modify previous use permit approvals for the Ramsay/Ramussen Winery to: (1) increase production capacity from 40,000 gallons per year to 100,000 gallons per year; (2) add up to 5 new fermentation tanks in the covered existing fermentation tanks area; (3) stripe 14 on-site parking spaces on an existing impervious surface; (4) convert an existing 985 sq. ft. quest cottage into office, tasting/retail space, and employee break room; (5) provide an approximate 400 sq. ft. tasting area within the existing winery building; (6) establish a marketing plan with 4 food and wine parings per month for a maximum of 24 guests at each event, 4 open house and release events per year for a maximum of 75 guests at each event, and one event per year for a maximum of 125 guests; (7) tours and tastings by appointment only, with food paring(s) for up to 48 visitors per day and a maximum of 336 visitors per week; (8) recognize existing outdoor work and crush areas and a 1,054 sq. ft. covered elevated pad located near the southeast corner of the property; (9) install a new winery process and domestic wastewater system; and (10) install a new left turn lane on Silverado Trail. The project is located on a 5.67 acre parcel on the west side of Silverado Trail located approximately 1/2 mile north of Taplin Road within the Agricultural Watershed (AW) zoning district. APN: 025-410-002. 1001 Silverado Trail, St. Helena.

Staff Recommendation: Adopt the mitigated negative declaration and mitigation monitoring and reporting program and approve the use permit modification with the proposed conditions of approval.

Staff Contact: Sean Trippi, 299-1353 or

Supporting Documents
A Findings ( Microsoft Word Document - 49 kb )
B Conditions of Approval ( Microsoft Word Document - 70 kb )
C Review Agency Comments ( Adobe PDF Document - 612 kb )
D Initial Study & MMRP ( Adobe PDF Document - 1647 kb )
E Traffic Study ( Adobe PDF Document - 1396 kb )
F Application Materials & Supplemental Information ( Adobe PDF Document - 4009 kb )
G Use Permit #U-417980 Conditions & Graphics ( Adobe PDF Document - 317 kb )
H Use Permit #U-98283 Conditions & Graphics ( Adobe PDF Document - 248 kb )
I Use Permit Modification #98121-MOD Conditions & Graphics ( Adobe PDF Document - 273 kb )
J Project Graphics ( Adobe PDF Document - 2201 kb )



Staff Recommendation:
  Elect Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson for 2011 calendar year.

Staff Contact:  John McDowell 299-1354,