The Napa County Department of
Planning, Building, and Environmental Services (PBES) has been working to
develop a Climate Action Plan (CAP) for the County for several years. The
CAP is intended to quantify and reduce green house gas (GHG) emissions in
unincorporated Napa County, and its adoption would implement an “action item”
from the County’s 2008 General Plan Update.
A proposed CAP was recommended for
adoption by the Planning Commission in early 2012 and later considered by the Board
of Supervisors, who sent the document back for further review. Among other things, the Board requested that
the CAP be revised to better address transportation emissions, and to “credit”
past accomplishments and voluntary efforts. The Board also requested that
the Planning Commission consider “best practices” when reviewing
projects until a revised CAP can be prepared and adopted.
The Commission’s current list of
best practices was developed with stakeholder input during the spring of 2013
and can be found here. Project applicants are requested
to consider these best practices and submit this checklist along with
applications for discretionary approvals (e.g. use permits and use permit
In July 2015, a contract was awarded
to Ascent Environmental to assist PBES staff in completing a CAP which
addresses the concerns with the previous effort, is legally defensible, and
meets all applicable State requirements.
The first step will be to review and
update existing information related to GHG inventory, methodology, and
Please see the project events,
below, for times and location of public meetings. In addition to the
formal public hearings before the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors,
four community meetings are planned.
Interested members of the public are
encouraged to attend or to contact Jason Hade at firstname.lastname@example.org
if they wish to provide their input or to be added to the interested parties
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