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Napa County Executes Court-Ordered Warrant on Hundred Acre Property Officials Say Lawsuit “Without Merit”
NAPA, CA (DATE)– Napa County officials posted a court-ordered inspection warrant today at 2355 Pickett Road in Calistoga after five months of repeated requests to access the property and inspect the Hundred Acre Wine Group property for environmental damage were unsuccessful.
The County also said that claims made in a lawsuit filed in October by winemaker Jayson Woodbridge are meritless and that enforcement actions to bring his Hundred Acre Wine Group property into compliance are well justified and in the public interest.
David Morrison, Napa County Director of Planning, Building & Environmental Services, said: “Napa County’s Conservation Regulations have been in place since 1991. The regulations protect against erosion not only to preserve valuable farmland, but to safeguard local streams and rivers from the impacts of development which can threaten water quality and quantity. These protections are critical on hillsides, especially those with slopes over 30 percent, where the risk of erosion is substantial. The regulations also include setbacks from streams and rivers to protect riparian areas and other natural habitat, as well as protections for tree canopy. Napa County enforces these regulations consistently throughout the watershed, whenever violations occur.”
Morrison said that activities on the Pickett Road property required the County to act before the rains start. The version of events contained in the lawsuit and publicity materials are misleading at best, he said.
Morrison reviewed the actual timeline of events:
“Our actions in this matter are well justified given the plaintiff’s failure to cooperate with reasonable requests for inspection of his property and the potential for ongoing damage to water quality and natural habitat,” said Morrison.
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