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.