Important Updates

Napa County Board of Supervisors Approves Walt Ranch Vineyard Proposal

On Tuesday, December 6, 2016, the Napa County Board of Supervisors voted to support the Walt Ranch vineyard proposal by unanimously denying each of the four appeals filed against the project after Napa County Planning Director David Morrison approved Walt Ranch earlier this year.  Through their vote, the Board of Supervisors upheld Director Morrison's decision to approve the Walt Ranch Erosion Control Plan (ECP) and Reduced Intensity Alternative as outlined in the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR).  

The Board ratified their vote by approving four resolutions to deny each of the appeals filed against Walt Ranch at their December 20, 2016 meeting, the last phase of the entitlement project needed to move this sustainable vineyard project forward. You can read more about the Board's December 6th vote on the Napa Valley Register website by clicking here, along with a follow-up story in the Napa Valley Register regarding the Board's final decision at their December 20th meeting by clicking here.

At the Board of Supervisors' second public hearing on Walt Ranch, held on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, Walt Ranch applicants made a PowerPoint presentation to the Board of Supervisors to clarfiy some of the misinformation about the project and discuss its many benefits - you can view our PowerPoint presentation today by clicking here.

(NOTE: There have been three Board of Supervisors hearings held on the Walt Ranch vineyard proposal to-date.  The hearing dates were held on Friday, November 18, 2016; Tuesday, November 22, 2016; and Tuesday, December 6, 2016.  The final Board of Supervisors meeting on Walt Ranch will be held on Tuesday, December 20, 2016).


Napa County Planning Director Issues Tentative Approval for Walt Ranch Vineyard Proposal

The Napa County Planning Director held a public hearing on the Walt Ranch Vineyard proposal on Monday, April 4, 2016.

On Monday, June 13, 2016, Napa County Planning Director David Morrison tentatively approved the Reduced Intensity Alternative for Walt Ranch, which generally consists of the avoidance of approximately 100 gross acres of developed area which have been targeted to further protect special status species and associated habitats; preserve individual trees that are identified as specimen or notable trees; enhance sensitive biotic communities; and enhance wildlife movement on the project site.  The Reduced Intensity Alternative is further described in the Final Environmental Impact Report (Final EIR) prepared for the Walt Ranch ECP.  Copies of the Final EIR are available for review on the County’s website at, or at the PBES Department located at 1195 Third Street, 2nd Floor, Napa, CA 94559.  In addition, a copy of the Final EIR is available at the Napa County Library at 580 Coombs Street, Napa, CA, 94559.
In connection with the tentative decision, the PBES Director directs staff to: (1) prepare the necessary findings pursuant to the CEQA that reflect adoption and approval of the Reduced Intensity Alternative with the associated Mitigation Measures; and (2) work with the applicant to prepare a revised erosion control plan consistent with the Reduced Intensity Alternative and associated Mitigation Measures for consideration and approval.  The PBES Director’s final decision and approval of the Reduced Intensity Alternative will occur by close of business on August 1, 2016.  Notice of the Decision will be posted on the County’s website at, published in the Napa Valley Register and mailed to interested persons.*

*Read the entire June 13th letter issued by the Napa County Planning Director by clicking here.