Agendas & Minutes

Planning Commission 4/6/2011 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 to Biological Resources. The project site is not included on a list of hazardous materials sites compiled pursuant to Government Code Section 65962.5.
Request: This item requires two approvals:
A.) Conservation Regulations Use Permit Exception #P09-00243-UP: to reduce the stream setbacks required pursuant to Chapter 18.108.025 of the Napa County Code (Conservation  Regulations - Stream setbacks) ranging from 85 to 105 feet down to between 61 and 42 feet to allow the retention of approximately 0.44-acres (19,170 square feet) to 0.5-acres (21,780 square feet) of existing vineyard and associated improvements developed within required stream setbacks without the benefit of a Use Permit Exception. 
B.) Agricultural Erosion Control Plan #P09-00385-ECPA:  required pursuant to Chapter 18.108.080 of the Napa County Code (Conservation  Regulations - Agricultural erosion control plans) for land disturbing activities on slopes greater than 5% to allow the retention and development of approximately 14.2-acres of vineyard consisting of the following: 1) maintenance of erosion control measures associated with approximately 7.8-acres of existing vineyard planted without benefit of an erosion control plan; and 2) earthmoving activities and installation and maintenance of erosion control measures associated with the development of approximately 6.4-acres of new vineyard (5.5-acres of which has already been cleared of vegetation).  The project is located on a 87.86-acre parcel located on Dutch Henry Canyon Road approximately 0.25 miles north of its intersection with the Silverado Trail and within the AW (Agricultural Watershed) zoning district. APN: 018-060-068, 321 Dutch Henry Canyon Road, Calistoga.

Staff Recommendation: Adopt the mitigated negative declaration and mitigation monitoring and reporting plan and approve the requested use permit and erosion control plan as mitigated and conditioned.

Staff Contact: Donald Barrella, 299-1338 or

Supporting Documents
A Exhibit A - Findings ( Adobe PDF Document - 120 kb )
B Exhibit B - Conditions of Approval ( Adobe PDF Document - 164 kb )
C Response to Comments on the Mitigated Negative Declaration ( Adobe PDF Document - 8632 kb )
D Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration ( Adobe PDF Document - 6544 kb )
E Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program ( Adobe PDF Document - 30 kb )
F Napa County RCD Memo, September 25, 2010 ( Adobe PDF Document - 78 kb )
G Stipulated Judgment NSC No. 26-39559 ( Adobe PDF Document - 6067 kb )
H Application Forms - Peju Black Forest Vineyard ( Adobe PDF Document - 1213 kb )
I Site Location Map ( Adobe PDF Document - 2573 kb )


CEQA Status: 
Negative Declaration prepared.  According to the Negative Declaration, the proposed project will not have a significant environmental impact.  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 approval for the Quintess Winery: (1) increase the number of daily visitors from 10 per day to 100 per day; increase the number of weekly visitors from 25 per week to 500 per week; (2) increase the hours of operation from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm to 7:30 am - 6:30 pm; (3) add three 50-person marketing events to the previously approved marketing plan; (4) increase the number of onsite parking spaces from 18 parking spaces to 24 parking spaces within the existing paved area onsite; (5) remove the previous condition of approval regulating custom crush activities at the winery with no increase in overall production; (6) upgrades to the existing wastewater treatment plant.  The winery project is located on a 17.66 acre parcel on the southwest side of Silverado Trail, approximately 580 feet north of its intersection with State Highway 128 within an Agricultural Preserve (AP) zoning district; Assessor’s Parcel #: 030-060-061; 1601 Silverado Trail, Rutherford.

Staff Recommendation: Adopt the Negative Declaration and approve the Use Permit Major Modification as proposed with conditions of approval.

Staff Contact: Jessica Jordan 299-1355 or

Supporting Documents
A Exhibit A - Findings ( Microsoft Word Document - 26 kb )
B Exhibit B - Conditons of Approval ( Microsoft Word Document - 43 kb )
C Agency Comments ( Adobe PDF Document - 402 kb )
D Use Permit #99538-UP Conditions of Approval ( Adobe PDF Document - 1280 kb )
E Environmental Documents ( Adobe PDF Document - 1387 kb )
F Application Materials ( Adobe PDF Document - 2723 kb )
G Correspondence ( Adobe PDF Document - 72 kb )
H Graphics ( Adobe PDF Document - 1106 kb )