Napa Oaks II: Its location is part of the viewshed from Imola Avenue coming over the bridge west or coming northwest on Highway 29. The beauty of the hillside arises from the old growth of oak trees, grasslands and ridges that provides shelter and habitats for many species of wildlife.
In the meantime the developer is still trying to change the zoning of this beautiful hillside and build 53-71 multimillion dollar homes on this hillside and rip out 507 very mature oak trees in order to build these homes only 25 feet from the multiple fault lines.
This project has been rejected three times by Napa's council members over the years. On this current run of the development, our planning commission meeting was packed, with an overflow. The commission’s members listened to over 45 residents speak from the lectern before they voted 'no' to the project, having the insight to see the plans and its negative forecast for Napa Valley, its residents and the millions of tourists who flee the big cities to our county and absorb the hillsides in all of their beauty and enjoy our wines.
In the earthquake of Aug. 24, 2014 at 3:20 a.m., we awakened to what sounded like an explosion that kept the walls of the house moving in and out several times. Listening to treasured items become fragments is something we will never forget. We have had to replace water lines, fences, retaining walls, and we still have many repairs left to do on the house itself from the earthquake.
Knowing that this will happen again, we have become used to plates, glassware and not much else matching. It took us and our neighbor's months to get over the shakiness and upset from the 6.0 earthquake.
If the Napa Oaks II is developed, a very large scar will be on the valley’s viewshed and other developers will follow, making more scars. Napa needs lower-priced housing, not second homes for the wealthy weekenders. We have plenty of charming hotels and inns to make them comfortable and pampered.
Let's hope the current council members have the insight of former council members and are able to reject the Napa Oaks II..