The failed Napa Oaks Subdivision proposal of 51 monster $2 million luxury homes above Old Sonoma Road is up for a City Council vote again next Tuesday, June 19, despite the Planning Commission’s vote against this unwanted and unneeded project.

This developer keeps losing and even lost a lawsuit against the city of Napa for this 10 years ago, but they keep trying.

Napa does not need this project, as its own Housing Element Update 2015-2023 (from the city’s website) proves. In the introduction, the city proudly points out that in 2006, “the Greenbelt Alliance ranked Napa in the top 3 of 109 Bay Area communities for its policies for preventing sprawl, building affordable housing, promoting parks, encouraging density in the ‘right places’ (such as near downtown and transit)...”

Napa Oaks is not affordable housing, and it doesn’t promote “density in the right places.”

The Association of Bay Area Governments developed a Regional Housing Needs Allocation, assigning the region’s share of the statewide housing need to the cities and counties within the region for the 2015-2023 Housing Element time period. It determined that the city of Napa needs 403 “Above Moderate” units and it shows that there are 1,307 potential units within existing zoning, including the Westwood Planning Area.

It concluded: “Even using conservative estimates…the Housing Element timeframe low density development potential of 1,300 housing units on approximately 600 acres of land substantially exceeds the 428 [sic (403)] unit “above moderate” short term need. In the City of Napa, the available land supply remains adequate to meet future housing needs at all income levels. New low- density, single family homes help meet needs of “Above Moderate” income households. The City’s single family neighborhoods will continue to see infill subdivisions on vacant and large, underused lots. These subdivisions will occur consistent with existing zoning and development patterns over the time frame of the General Plan and beyond.”

So why change the zoning of the Napa Oaks site and develop one of our last undeveloped ridgelines? This report proves there’s plenty of land available to meet this alleged demand without taking our ridgeline. 'No' to rezoning these parcels and developing this beautiful hillside.

Keith Lindstrom


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