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Napa County commissions turn down proposed Palmaz heliport

Napa County commissions turn down proposed Palmaz heliport


The proposed Palmaz heliport targeted for a rural area a few miles east of the city of Napa suffered a double defeat on Wednesday.

First, the county Airport Land Use Commission voted 6-1 that the heliport would be inconsistent with the county’s airport land-use plan. Then the county Planning Commission voted 4-1 to deny a use permit.

But that doesn’t necessarily end the matter because an appeal to the Board of Supervisors is possible.

The hearings began at 9 a.m. and ended at 4:30 p.m. inside a packed chamber. The Airport Land Use Commission is composed of the five Planning Commissioners, plus two local pilots.

Christian Palmaz wants to build a private-use heliport on Mount George near his family home a few miles east of the city of Napa. An environmental impact report said the project would have no significant impacts.

Objections voiced by critics range from potential noise to fearing more people in Napa Valley will seek heliports. Critics view the proposed Palmaz heliports as being at odds with the ambiance of rural Napa County.

A full story on the Palmaz hearings will appear online Thursday.

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Napa County Reporter

Barry Eberling covers Napa County government, transportation, the environment and general assignments. He has worked for the Napa Valley Register since fall 2014 and previously worked 27 years for the Daily Republic of Fairfield.

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