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Napa County Planning Commission wants Calistoga-area winery scaled back

Napa County planning commissioners are asking a St. Helena developer to drastically reduce a proposed winery development south of Calistoga.

Following a public hearing on Wednesday, commissioners said they would like to see the 300,000-gallon proposal reduced to something more like 50,000 gallons, more in line with the size of most other wineries in the area, planner Linda St. Claire said.

Developer Dan Pina of PD Properties agreed to meet with neighbors, who oppose the current proposal, and come back to the commission with a new design, she said.

Pina had proposed to build an 82,000-square-foot cluster of buildings on 11 acres along Highway 29 north of Larkmead Lane. The facility could be leased to a single wine maker or be subdivided to accommodate up to 14 smaller producers.

Neighbors and county staff had worried that such a facility would be too large and draw too many visitors.

There is no set deadline for Pina to submit changes, St. Claire said.


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