City applies to annex recycling site

2012-12-03T13:10:00Z 2012-12-03T20:30:22Z City applies to annex recycling siteCHANTAL M. LOVELL Napa Valley Register
December 03, 2012 1:10 pm  • 

The city of Napa has initiated a process that could end up saving it about $50,000 a year in property taxes.

Napa is asking the Local Agency Formation Commission to annex the city’s Materials Diversion Facility, a 18.6-acre parcel located south of the city near the Napa County Airport.

The move is intended to save the city money on property tax and simplify property management, the city’s senior planner, Scott Klingbeil, said.

The Materials Diversion Facility, a recycling center for materials collected by Napa Recycling & Waste Services, has been in operation since 1994. The city bought the site in 2004. Napa is required to pay property tax on the land because it is located outside city boundaries.

If the property were annexed, the city would no longer have to pay the tax, which amounts to about $50,000 each year, according to city officials.

The proposal could go before LAFCO in early 2013, but could be delayed if issues arise, said LAFCO’s Executive Officer Keene Simonds.

“It seems relatively straightforward, so ... I would anticipate there would be a very good chance that the commission would have this before us at our February meeting,” Simonds said.

The commission will look at 18 or so factors that the state requires be vetted prior to annexation, Simonds said.

With LAFCO’s approval, a city may annex territory under 300 acres that is geographically removed from the city so long as the land is located in the same county as the city, owned by the city and used for municipal purposes.

In the event the city were to sell the land in the future, it would revert to being county land as a means to safeguard against the city flipping the annexed property for non-municipal purposes, Simonds said.

In addition to approving the annexation request, the Napa City Council last month unanimously pre-zoned the property as a “public quasi public: airport compatibility overlay” district. The move does not change the permitted uses of the land, but is a necessary step in bringing the land into the city, according to officials.

“What’s there today is what will be there in the future,” Klingbeil said.

The property is currently in the county’s industrial land category and is surrounded by the county airport, a concrete pipe manufacturer, trucking companies and vacant industrial property, according to the city.

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  1. concerned1
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    concerned1 - December 05, 2012 12:20 am
    This appears to be an end run around Napa Pipe to make it easier to justify annexing NP into the City. Massive leap frog extensions of the City limits works by first annexing a parcel some distance away then gradually infill it in. Ask how Rohnert Park expanded. It grew so large northward that it only stopped when it ran into Santa Rosa that was doing the same thing as it expanded southward. American Canyon and Napa are trying to follow the same path. I call it a fountain pen land grab when LAFCO approves it. This is really a Napa Pipe vote. At the least the City of Napa representative should recuse himself from the vote.
  2. publiusa
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    publiusa - December 05, 2012 6:30 am
    The city made the choice to buy this property knowing all the issues. There is no good reason to do this. This will create a city "island" far from the Napa City limits, which is against city and county policy. No citizen nor business could do this. Why should the city have the right to violate accepted policy?
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