The First District Court of Appeal has upheld the City of Napa's decision to rely on its 1998 general plan environmental impact report in adopting its 2009 housing element. Latinos Unidos De Napa sued the city, claiming a new environmental impact report should have been prepared for the housing element. But the First District disagreed, essentially concluding that the land use changes contained in the housing element were so minor that they did not trigger the need for a new EIR. >>read more
One of the least scenic ways to visit Napa Valley is to enter from the south, through the industrial zone between the cities of American Canyon and Napa. The congested traffic and office parks near Highway 221 are a long ways from the idyllic pastoral stretches to the north.
The First District Court of Appeal has thrown out the City of American Canyon's approval of a Wal-Mart supercenter because the city did not comply with the California Environmental Quality Act and violated its own zoning ordinance. >>read more