Voters in the June 5 election will decide whether Napa County bans new personal-use heliports and airports when they vote on Measure D.
The Napa County Board of Supervisors had the choice of adopting the initiative or placing it on the ballot. Supervisors placed it on the ballot.
“I feel that it’s important for these votes that are changes to land use zoning to be put before the people on the ballot,” Supervisor Diane Dillon said.
Several speakers wanted the Board to also adopt the heliport initiative. But the Board stuck with its usual stance that citizen-driven initiatives for land use changes should go to voters.
The measure seeks to ban new personal-use heliports, such as the type the Palmaz family is seeking on Mount George several miles east of the city of Napa. It would limit conditions under which helicopters can take off and land outside of airports for agricultural activities such as spraying.
Napa County had an information report done on the heliport measure by the law firm Miller Starr Regalia.
The Miller Starr Regalia report said Napa County has permits without term limits for four personal-use heliports and airports, with one held by St. Helena Hospital Napa Valley for emergency medical services. The county in 2004 prohibited helicopter landings at wineries.
The measure is one page and seeks to make a few changes to county code.