Napa County and Yountville will talk about Yountville’s proposal to possibly annex the Domaine Chandon visitors’ center, restaurant, tasting room and offices to its town boundaries.
The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday appointed Supervisors Alfredo Pedroza and Diane Dillon to engage in the discussions. Among the likely topics are tax revenues and whether annexation of even part of the winery threatens county land-use protections.
The Yountville Town Council on June 21 approved changing general plan policies to allow for the possible annexation. Yountville provides wastewater services to the targeted 13.4 acres of the 81-acre Domaine Chandon property.
“I’m am not suggesting annexation,” Vice Mayor Richard Hall said at that meeting. “I’m suggesting we give ourselves the option to negotiate some sort of revenue share with the county.”
During the meeting. supervisors had no comment on a move that Yountville officials have described as giving the town leverage in discussions with the county. But during a break, Pedroza struck a conciliatory tone.
“This is not about us versus them,” Pedroza said. “It is about (Yountville) and the county having a good working relationship.”
Yountville and the county both have responsibilities to their taxpayers. Once the two sides meet, everyone will put their cards on the table, Pedroza said.