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Don't destroy gateway to Napa

Don't destroy gateway to Napa

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What has changed with Napa Oaks II?

As a neighbor, we received notice of the Napa Oaks II project which is proposing 53 single-family houses on the 80.63 acre hillside property at 3095 Old Sonoma Road. Primary access would be located on the south side of Old Sonoma Road opposite Lilienthal Avenue with secondary access further west on Old Sonoma Road. The project includes General Plan amendment to change General Plan designation from Resource (1 home per 20 acres) to Single Family Residential (53 homes). Also the project is applying for a rezoning from the base Agricultural Resource zone to Single-Family Residential with a Planned Development overlay.

We cannot believe that we have to fight this proposal for the third time in many years. This subject property represents an open space west of Napa with its oak trees on the rolling hillside — a beautiful entrance for the city of Napa. This is certainly one reason that the project was denied before. It represents a natural boundary between the city and an intense agricultural area. The natural beauty of this area would be forever sacrificed — no possibility of ever being restored to its natural site. Many oaks would be removed and extensive grading in an already unstable area would occur.

Napa suffered a 6.0 earthquake on Aug. 24, 2014, from the West Napa fault, which runs through this area. Whether the fault is fractured in this area is of great concern. In fractured and faulted areas, the ground is very unstable — not an ideal site for extensive development of 53 houses.

Traffic on Old Sonoma Road has increased significantly in the last few years since a traffic light was installed on Old Sonoma Road and Highway 12. Old Sonoma Road does not have a good entrance into the city of Napa. It goes through residential neighborhoods and school areas which do not need all of these additional cars going there.

Citizens of Napa and Napa County, ask yourself if you really want to see 53 houses greeting you when you come into Napa on the west side or do you prefer the natural beautiful hillside that exists now? We need your voice to be heard.

Tony and Jo Ann Truchard


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