An article on the front page of the April 11 Register titled "Winery Receives Forgiveness" caught my attention. It described how the Behrens Family Winery had built three structures without permits. In addition, they were entertaining the general public, which violated their 'trade visitors only' permit.
Planning Commissioner Michael Basayne was quoted as saying, "I would rather see incentives for compliance than take a heavy hand that discourages compliance." Commissioner Terry Scott was quoted as saying, "I appreciate your honesty and your commitment to do the right thing."
I recently replaced six windows in my Napa home. The project was permitted and inspected by the City of Napa Building Department at a cost of $269. It was money well-spent because I'm assured that the project and the materials meet all safety codes.
The Register article did not mention that any fines would be levied against the owners of the Behrens Family Winery for knowingly flaunting their county permits for years.
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I play by the rules. I hope that the Napa County Planning Commission ensures that others play by the rules as well.