Napa County supervisors were spared having to decide if the proposed Flynnville winery approval should be overturned or upheld.
The Flynnville owners and a neighbor reached a settlement with the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Sept. 26. The neighbor dropped an appeal of an April decision by the county Planning Commission.
That clears the way for the building of a 40,000-gallon-a-year winery on 10 acres at 1184 Maple Lane that fronts Highway 29 near Calistoga. Changes from the Planning Commission’s approval included phasing in marketing events and having seasonal visitation hours.
“We’re happy with the settlement that’s been reached,” attorney Lawrence Papale told supervisors on behalf of the Flynnville owners.
Appellant Joan Zoloth also told supervisors she agrees to the settlement.
Even so, the Board of Supervisors held an hour-plus Flynnville hearing, with supervisors seeking clarifications and adding to the approval language on the fly.
Flynnville along Highway 29 has long posed a planning challenge for the county. It began as a small area of rural commercial uses more than 50 years ago and became entangled with subsequent agricultural protection laws.
Over the years, Flynnville has had such commercial uses as today’s Jim’s Supply and a now-gone PG&E utility yard. The winery will affect only part of the property, with some of the buildings, such as the one housing Jim’s Supply, remaining.