Calistoga's resort plan wins voter approval

2013-03-06T13:47:00Z 2013-03-13T18:07:08Z Calistoga's resort plan wins voter approvalJESSE DUARTE Napa Valley Register
March 06, 2013 1:47 pm  • 

CALISTOGA — Calistoga voters have passed Measure C, approving the Enchanted Resorts project.

Unofficial interim results show Tuesday’s ballot measure passing, Napa County Registrar of Voters John Tuteur announced midday Wednesday. However, certified results won’t be released until the Napa County Superior Court “rules on a petition filed by a Calistoga voter asking that his provisional ballot be counted,” Tuteur said in a statement.

The ruling, which could be announced Wednesday afternoon, will not affect the outcome of the election, Tuteur said.

The Enchanted Resorts project would be located on 88 acres near the intersection of Highway 29, Lincoln Avenue and Foothill Boulevard. It consists of a 110-room resort, 20 fractional-ownership houses and building sites for up to 13 private houses, as well as a spa, ballroom and restaurants.

Supporters said the project’s impact fees and eventual tax revenues would provide a significant financial boost at a time when the city is struggling to fund its water and sewer system. The City Council unanimously approved the project in August.

Opponents objected to the project’s environmental effects and said the city has already approved enough resorts in the last year. They gathered enough signatures to put the project on the ballot as Measure C.

Final results will be released as soon as the court rules on whether the disputed ballot may be counted. Certified results will be released online at countyofnapa.org/electionresults.

Tuteur said the voter in question claims to have dropped off his registration affidavit before the deadline, but forgot to date it. The affidavit arrived at Tuteur’s office with a stack of late affidavits, so the man wasn’t issued a ballot.

Tuteur said he gave the man a provisional ballot, and Tuteur’s office prepared a petition asking the court to count it.


This story has been updated thrice since first posting.

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  1. BRGMGB
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    BRGMGB - March 06, 2013 6:09 pm
    If this monstrosity gets built, lucky us, as we can rub elbows with the 1%. Seriously, I doubt if the people who will pay 1k a night will be wandering around Calistoga. But they will be whisked in limousines to St. Helena and other places that have more fancy stores and restaurants. And time will tell if Highway 29 will end up being so choked that they will plead for helicopter access.
  2. Reg
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    Reg - March 06, 2013 6:21 pm
    With the water/sewer problems that Calistoga has, and which will only get worse, there is a solution to the additional burdens that all these visitors and their helpers/gardeners/cleaners etc. will create. Guests and workers at the resort should be required to behave like responsible campers: they can bring their own water and truck out their wastes when they leave.
  3. Ricecooker
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    Ricecooker - March 07, 2013 6:27 am
    I was an unofficial poll watcher for Sunday, March 3rd, voter assistance early voting .
    The so called provisional ballot, man, arrived Sunday at 4:30, as the poll was to close and Mr. Tuteur registered him and gave him a ballot he walked out at 4:37 pm.with his registration.
    The mans name was Byrnes , he appeared to be close to eighty years old.

    The future of all Calistogian's, will be littered with money from this Enchanted Resort if it is ever built.
    The folly of three councilman will be their grand legacy until the next election.
    They will be awarded, 'The Golden Cuspidor", for meritorious deeds for now.
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