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Appalling lack of concern for environment and safety

Appalling lack of concern for environment and safety

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The decision of the Napa County Board of Supervisors to, once again, approve the Mountain Peak Winery Project, way up on top of Soda Canyon Road in Napa County, leaves me profoundly distressed. The appalling lack of concern for our environment and the safety of residents living along the fire decimated canyon was emotionally draining. This decision, at its core, should be a basic question of what's best for Napa County residents, more development in the remote hillsides, or the safety of our citizens and our quality of life? The 3-2 vote was inexplicable. Where is the prudence of our leaders to maintain respect for our citizens and our quality of life?

The proposed size of the project demonstrates problems with traffic related to tourists and vehicles traveling on this rural, twisting, dead-end road; and the larger concern relates to the safety concerns for residents and visitors alike

Moving many tons of earth would endanger the quality and quantity of two blue line streams within the project footprint. The lack of concern for resource analysis regarding groundwater extraction, especially necessary in our drought-prone climate, is unacceptable. It simply is not safe to establish any more commercial activity on rural dead-end roads.

And, most regrettably, this project would set a precedent for future commercialization of our community in remote areas throughout the county. There are hundreds of applications on the books for development in our county. All these things considered would mean moving in the wrong direction. The current county Board of Supervisors continues to promote more and more growth -- at our expense.

Ester Akersloot

St. Helena

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