In 2014 we developed an action plan to help address a number of our community’s most pressing issues.

We share the concerns of many local residents about the issues of winery compliance and development, transportation, affordable housing, land-use and stewardship. Building on our legacy of community giving and care, the NVV will continue to seek, create and underwrite solutions for our community’s most pressing problems.

 


Winery Compliance & Development

Recent action steps:

  • Served on the Board of Supervisors appointed Agricultural Protection Advisory Committee (APAC)
  • Submitted a comprehensive proposal to APAC, offering recommendations to address existing compliance, traffic and development issues
  • Recommended APAC adopt "Proposal Z" which would require mandatory compliance reporting
  • Supported an APAC recommendation to limit the use of variances during the use permit planning process
  • Continued winery compliance workshops (14 workshops in 7 years with 1,000 attendees)
  • Successfully advocated for expanded notification policies and procedures by Napa County for development projects
  • Signed industry letter in support of comprehensive county data mining to inform discussion
  • Repeated commitment to community collaboration

What else can we do?

  • Hire contractor to help ensure NVV members comply with their use permits

Transportation

Recent action steps:

  • Partner with Napa County to prevent establishment of Indian casino, which would significantly increase traffic
  • Participated in recent NCTPA studies and working groups
  • Expanded NCTPA traffic study to increase winery specific data
  • Encouraged members to use alternative transportation to and from work
  • Encouraged Napa County to implement existing traffic mitigation measures in the General Plan
  • Leadership & $2.5 million contribution to Vine Trail

What else can we do?

  • Host community forum on transportation solutions (October)
  • Identify and employ transportation expert to analyze existing data and identify new solutions
  • Continue to promote alternative transportation
  • Support the use of Wine Train infrastructure for community transportation

Affordable Housing

Recent action steps:

  • Successfully created & renewed farmworker housing vineyard assessment
  • Invested $10 million in various housing projects through our Auction Napa Valley giving
  • Successfully advocated for an increase in Commercial Impact fees in the county to support affordable housing, resulting in approximately $2 million more into the fund per year

What else can we do?

  • Identify projects that have received Auction funding but that are not yet built; advocate for their completion
  • Advocate for policy changes reccomended by Joint Affordable Housing Task Force to help projects get built

Stewardship & Conservation

Recent action steps:

  • Leadership on Groundwater Resources Advisory Committee, WICC Board and other local water planning efforts
  • Actively supported the adoption of an expanded county Water Availability Analysis policy
  • Hosted workshops & distributed information for members re: conservation practices
  • Established Napa Green 2020 Goal
  • Encouraged wineries to reduce water use through all means possible, including Napa Green program
  • Commissioned Napa Valley Climate Study & 2nd Edition Update
  • Supported California Water Bond (Prop 1)
  • Supported efforts of Land Trust of Napa County
  • Established Napa Green 2020 Goal
  • Commissioned Napa Valley Climate Study & 2nd Edition Update

What else can we do?

  • Communicate likely effects of new water legislation as they become known
  • Continue to host informative resource conservation workshops
  • Support adoption of conservation practices through Napa Green program
  • Support science-based Climate Action Plan for Napa County