Why The True Life Companies' proposals
DON'T work for Calistoga
Some of the reasons why we oppose it...
- Rural character of the gateway to town, including views stretching towards Napa River and Blossom Creek of fields, Palisades, and Mt. St. Helena, would be affected. The zoning should NOT be changed from Rural Residential.
- The number of housing units does not fit current Rural Residential Zoning of one home per acre.
- Affordable housing needs are not met by homes in these proposals — these would not be in the market for most Calistogans.
- Safety considerations, especially wildland fire safety and emergency evacuation needs, are seriously impacted by development of this size.
- Traffic impact of the proposed development will not be alleviated by the addition of a traffic signal at the corner of Petrified Forest Road and Foothill Blvd.
- With a light at the corner, traffic will be 40% less congested than it is currently, if there is no development at Yellow Rose Ranch.
- With a light at the corner, traffic will be 20% more congested than it is currently, if the development at Yellow Rose Ranch is allowed to continue (without the addition of potential Accessory Dwelling Units).
- Water overuse
- Environmental impacts have not been studied
- Approval sets a precedent for other changes to surrounding rural properties, which would amplify the problems outlined above even further.
- Historical significance of the property, including the barn — the last remaining undeveloped portion of the Cyrus Ranch, originally established in 1849.