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Walt Ranch project poses unacceptable risks

Walt Ranch project poses unacceptable risks

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The Walt Ranch Project must be rejected because of the following significant adverse environmental impacts: water quantity and quality, transportation and traffic, land use and planning, and several other concerns. It is virtually impossible that these conditions can be resolved successfully or without harm to the area residents.

The draft environmental impact report states that the environmental impacts will be insignificant. In actuality, the Walt project development will be highly significant and permanent. The impact will not be limited to Circle Oaks, but will also affect residents and property owners along Monticello and Atlas Peak Roads.

All homeowners in Circle Oaks pay several times more for water and sewer services than do the residents of the City of Napa. That is the extra cost of living in a rural area with a small customer base. Property owners pay an average of $160 each month for water and sewer services.

In addition, all lot owners pay $600 annually to amortize a 40-year loan of $3.7 million for our water treatment facility upgrade. No! I do not want our water supply jeopardized and that’s exactly what we can expect if this project is approved. Hauling water in the future is not an acceptable option.

I strongly recommend the Planning Department and Board of Supervisors reject approval of this massive project which will cause irreparable harm to Circle Oaks, Napa County, and beyond. Thank you for your consideration.

Bill Garrison



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