A coalition of concerned citizens, representing a dozen organizations, has formed a new group called Vision 2050 that seeks to influence local land use policy and environmental decisions.

The 12-member steering committee includes Mike Hackett from Save Rural Angwin, Geoff Ellsworth from Citizens’ Voice St. Helena, Chris Malan from the Living Rivers Council, Calistoga’s Charlotte Williams representing Citizens for a Green Community, Nancy Tamarisk from the Sierra Club and others, including those seeking to protect rural Napa, save Yountville Hill and defend the east Napa watersheds.

According to a news release, Vision 2050 is a political action committee that will “lobby local government on current development policies and practices.” Dan Mufson, representing Watersheds Alliance for Atlas Peak, is spokesman for the group.

“We are advocating for responsible, forward-looking planning rather than business as usual. So we have joined together to confront the challenges of inappropriate development in the Agricultural Preserve, in agricultural watersheds and in the municipalities,” he said.

He said the group “exists to preserve local values and to protect our water resources, forests, rural communities, agriculture and open space.”

“Local planning policy is creating unintended consequences up and down the Napa Valley,” he added. “We are in danger of encouraging the wine and tourism industries to choke on their own success.”

Ellsworth’s group, Citizens’ Voice St. Helena, has sued the city of St. Helena for approving a tasting room and expanded production at the Davies Family Winery. Opponents say a full environmental impact report is needed to assess the projects’ effects on traffic, production safety, noise, water and other environmental factors.

Mufson may be reached at napavision2050@gmail.com.

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