Napa County will continue reviewing proposals to create two vineyards in the mountains east of St. Helena requiring forest removal.
The county Board of Supervisors on Nov. 12 approved spending additional money to finish the environmental reviews. Costs are to be paid not by taxpayers, but by the applicants.
Le Colline is to be a 27.9-acre vineyard with a total disturbed area of 34.7 acres. It is located at 115 Cold Springs Road in Angwin. About 25 acres of forest is to be removed, a county report said.
Heiser West Lane Vineyard is to be a 5-acre vineyard with a total disturbed area of 6 acres. It is located at 340 West Lane in Angwin. About 5.7 acres of forest is to be removed.
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Both projects require erosion control plan approvals from the county. They also require timber harvest and conversion approvals from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
The Board approved paying AES consultants more to help finish the environmental reviews. It added $154,000 to the previous Le Colline contract of $119,500. It added $104,000 to the previous Heiser contract of $170,000.
The Napa County Regional Park and Open Space District in February suggested changes to the Le Colline proposal. The property is next to the Linda Falls nature preserve.