County to resume winery rules discussion

Napa County Supervisors were scheduled to resume their discussion Tuesday about having stricter policies for winery rule-breakers.

They previously talked on Aug. 22 about making certain rural wineries, non-winery businesses and homeowners follow county codes and permits. They then left Planning, Building and Environmental Services Director David Morrison to translate their various ideas into written proposals.

Supervisor Alfredo Pedroza said at that meeting. “We don’t want to position people to fail; we want to position people to get into compliance.”

Wineries in particular have been in the spotlight for code compliance. But violations can also exist on non-winery rural properties, such as when buildings are constructed without building permits. Supervisors are looking at those issues, too.

In a new report, Morrison recommended the county make 2 p.m. March 27, 2018 the deadline for property owners to try to voluntarily remedy violations.

These owners would then have until July 10, 2018 to complete their applications to the county’s satisfaction. Morrison wrote that the deadlines are designed not to conflict with harvest season for wineries.

Owners with violations discovered after the March 27, 2018 deadline would have to immediately comply with their use permits. In addition, they could not apply for changes for one year and would be subject to fines and penalties.