The Napa Valley College Board of Trustees had planned to consider a resolution of support for the proposed Napa Pipe development project Wednesday night, but the matter was pulled from the agenda just prior to the meeting.
The resolution had come out an ad hoc committee formed in mid-November to examine possible collaboration between the development team behind Napa Pipe and the college, said board vice president JoAnn Busenbark.
Speaking for herself, Busenbark said Wednesday afternoon that it’s too early to consider such a resolution, given that the project remains the subject of negotiations between officials for Napa County and the city of Napa.
The city and county announced last month that they’re discussing a deal that could pave the way for the city extending services to the project, along with possible annexation.
The Napa Pipe developers are now proposing 700 to 945 housing units and a Costco store on the former steel fabrication site just south of the city limits.
Napa Pipe has been the county’s most controversial local land-use proposal in decades. The original plan, which called for 3,200 housing units, has been downsized several times while the county studied the impacts of development.
Until city and county talks conclude and elected officials vote on the project, Busenbark said she felt it would be premature for the trustees to take up a resolution of support.
“When it came back this time, the resolution was attached and it really shouldn’t have been,” Busenbark said. “That’s from my perspective. The agenda item was pulled. It’s not appropriate for us to be looking at it until all these issues have been settled.”