Planning Commission votes against Napa Oaks II

Davidon Homes failed to win the Napa city Planning Commission's endorsement for Napa Oaks II, a cluster of 51 homes it seeks to build amid these hills above Old Sonoma Road and Casswall Street. The project, seen from Foster Road and Utah Street, has been strongly opposed by many neighbors and landowners for nearly two decades.

Fifteen years after being blocked by Napa, 10 years after losing a lawsuit to undo the veto, the developer of a hilltop housing development fiercely fought by its would-be neighbors has been dealt another setback by the city.

Napa Oaks II, a cluster of 51 houses high above the city’s southwest, failed to gain the endorsement of the Planning Commission on Thursday, Dec. 21. Before yet another near-capacity City Hall audience of residents opposed to the project, the city’s land-use authority declined to support the rezoning that Davidon Homes of Walnut Creek needs to open up the 80 acres of oaks and hilly pastures to large-scale home construction.

The fate of Napa Oaks II – a larger version of which the City Council rejected a decade and a half ago – will rest with a final vote by the present-day council, expected early next year.

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City of Napa/Town of Yountville Reporter

Howard Yune covers the city of Napa and the town of Yountville. He has been a reporter and photographer for the Register since 2011, and previously wrote for the Marysville Appeal-Democrat, Anaheim Bulletin and Coos Bay (Oregon) World.