What does the Le Colline veto mean for Napa vineyard plans?
Some people view Napa County’s recent rejection of the proposed Le Colline vineyard in the Napa Valley watershed as a breath of fresh air. Others see it as an ill wind. Le Colline was the first controversial land use decision facing the new-look Board of Supervisors that took office at the beginning of the year. On Tuesday, the board, by a 3-2 margin, sided with environmentalists who objected to clearing forest and shrubland for a 20.6-acre vineyard. Mike Hackett of Save Napa Valley has over the years often been disappointed with county land use decisions. This time, he liked the outcome and sees good things to come. “I think a majority of the board finally understands we are in a climate crisis,” said Hackett. “We can no longer be removing forests in inappropriate locations for vineyards.”