Legislative Subcommittee

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About the Committee

The Legislative Subcommittee of the Board of Supervisors makes recommendations to the full board on state and federal legislative policies. The Subcommittee annually recommends to the full Board a Federal Legislative and Policy Platform and a State Legislative and Policy Platform that establishes the county’s priorities for that year. The subcommittee consists of two members of the Board of Supervisors and is selected annually by the full Board. The current members are: District 3 Supervisor Diane Dillon and District 2 Supervisor Ryan Gregory.

View the 2018 Federal (PDF) and State Legislative and Policy Platforms (PDF).

Principles & Goals

The 2018 Board supports these legislative principles and goals:

Legislative Principals

The primary goal of the County's elected representatives and employees is to serve and support the County's social and economic well-being and the health and safety of its citizens. Therefore, the Napa County Board of Supervisors has adopted the following principles:

The County of Napa will encourage, seek and support legislation and policies that protect the County's quality of life, its diverse natural resources and preserve the County's essence, history and agricultural heritage.

The County of Napa will encourage, seek and support legislation and policies that facilitate orderly economic expansion and growth, oppose unfunded and / or unnecessary State mandates, and increase the opportunity for discretionary revenues and programmatic and financial flexibility.

Legislative Goals

In 1968, the Napa County Board of Supervisors had the forethought to preserve open space and prevent future overdevelopment by creating the nation’s first Agricultural Preserve. This designation has ensured that Napa Valley’s limited resources are preserved for agriculture first and foremost. In recent years, a group of individuals has sued the federal government, seeking to be recognized as the Mishewal Wappo Indian tribe. As part of that lawsuit, the plaintiffs have requested that land in Napa County be taken into sovereign trust status. Napa County opposes efforts that would exempt real property from local land use regulations, including provisions regulating the Agricultural Preserve, which ultimately could upset Napa County’s vital agricultural economy. Napa County will work with its legislative delegation to ensure tribal land is not exempt from local land use regulation.

Sustainable Growth

The Board of Supervisors seeks to appropriately locate housing in the urban areas of the County. The Board supports State housing needs assessment reforms that provide flexibility and acknowledge the differences between rural and urban counties. The Board also supports legislation that would allow for the transfer of mandated County housing units to the incorporated areas within the County at any time during the housing cycle and for the County to receive allocation credits for those transfers in exchange for the expenditure of County housing funds or the provision of County land. Rural counties lack adequate infrastructure and services necessary to support housing in less developed unincorporated areas.

Preserving the Agricultural Economy

In 1968, the Napa County Board of Supervisors had the forethought to preserve open space and prevent future overdevelopment by creating the nation's first Agricultural Preserve. This designation has ensured that Napa Valley's limited resources are preserved for agriculture first and foremost. Napa County opposes efforts that would exempt real property, such as tribal land, from local land use regulations, including provisions regulating the Agricultural Preserve, which ultimately could upset Napa County's vital agricultural economy.

State Positions

View the Board of Supervisors' State Position Letters.