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A controversial Syar quarry expansion proposal and a winery expansion request will go before the Napa County Planning Commission on Wednesday.

The commission on Oct. 21 tentatively approved the Syar Industries quarry expansion. Now it will take a final vote, with public comment limited to whether the resolution accurately reflects the conditions that the commission previously stated.

Under the commission’s tentative ruling, Syar can expand its 497-acre quarry southeast of Napa by 106 acres. It can increase maximum production from 1 million tons of aggregate annually to 1.3 million tons annually. The term is for 35 years.

Opponents to the expansion have already appealed the commission’s Oct. 21 certification of the Syar environmental impact report needed for the project. That means that, no matter what happens Wednesday, the county Board of Supervisors will weigh in on the Syar issue.

The county records Planning Commission meetings and places videos on the county website. However, “an incredibly rare” equipment malfunction left no recording of the Oct. 21 meeting, including the Syar hearing, a county report said.

“While this is extremely unfortunate and frustrating to all, it does not jeopardize or invalidate the actions taken by the Planning Commission on October 21st,” the report said.

In other scheduled items, Summers Estate Winery at 1171 Tubbs Lane near Calistoga wants to increase production from 50,000 gallons annually to 100,000 gallons annually. To achieve this added capacity, it requests that the county allow a tank farm nearer to the road than stipulated in county rules.

It wants to increase visitation from 12 people daily to 20 daily. It wants the county to recognize the unauthorized conversion of a 2,350-square-foot residence to a tasting room and the unauthorized conversion of a 530-square-foot tasting room to a storage area, a county report said.

Another winery expansion request involves Reynolds Family Winery at 3266 Silverado Trail northeast of Napa. County staff recommends the commission continue this item until Dec. 16.

Commissioners are also to discuss public art.

The commission meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the county administration building at 1195 Third St. in Napa.

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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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