“No on B” means “renegotiate a better deal with Silver Rose,” as our Planning Commission recommended, many of our citizens agreed, but our City Council overruled.
Let’s see what it would mean: Study all five resorts being proposed for our tiny community. Weigh their combined potential impact on traffic and vital services; don’t approve them piecemeal. Others are mega-sized Enchanted Resorts, Indian Springs, the event/conference center (at former Gliderport), and Bounsall Winery’s 80,000-square-foot multi-building.
Don’t polarize this issue, portraying those who say “No on B” as cranks wanting to return to a mythical, idyllic past. Stop scaring folks into thinking our city services will collapse if we don’t cave in and approve these large-scale expansions and developments. Scaled-down versions of Silver Rose and the other resorts will still bring essential revenues without leaving a legacy of high-density projects that clog our downtown and its entrances and overburden our public services.
Growth in the form of attractive resorts can be a true winner, but it must be responsibly regulated. Solage is a thoughtfully negotiated project that has enhanced Calistoga and has contributed significantly more dollars to our low-income housing than either Silver Rose or Enchanted Resorts has proposed.
Developers won’t make significant concessions up front. Our city leaders must tell them what we need to maintain the small-town charm that draws visitors to our area.
A good first step is for our City Council to cooperate with our Planning Commission and concerned citizens on General Plan guidelines for land use, community character and open space. A “no” vote on Measure B would give Calistoga an eleventh-hour chance at a win-win solution for all.
Sanna Craig / Calistoga