Napa Countywide Pedestrian Plan Draft Environmental Document Released

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration have been prepared for the proposed Napa Countywide Pedestrian Plan. The Napa Valley Transportation Authority is the local lead agency, pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), responsible for preparation of this document.

Download the draft environmental document for the Countywide Pedestrian Plan.

Project Location:
The Plan would be implemented throughout Napa County, including the cities of Calistoga, St. Helena, Napa, and American Canyon; the Town of Yountville; and unincorporated areas.

Project Description:
The proposed Plan is intended to provide a pedestrian network that is well connected, safe, and enjoyable for Napa County residents and visitors of all levels of mobility. This Plan aims to increase the number of pedestrian trips countywide and to set the groundwork for a shift in travel mode choice such that non-motorized options are widely available, accessible, and convenient. Through implementation of this Plan and future updates, all Napa County residents, regardless of age or income level, should have easy walking access to their community and the services and amenities that it offers.

The Plan also assembles a priority project list and an implementation plan for these projects. The geographic extent of these projects is restricted to western Napa County, and is generally oriented between the City of Calistoga in the north and the City of American Canyon in the south. Proposed projects are located in individual jurisdictions including: 1) Calistoga; 2) St. Helena; 3) Yountville; 4) Napa; and 5) American Canyon, as well as some unincorporated areas of the County along State Route 29. The Plan addresses various types of proposed projects including sidewalks, crosswalk enhancements, roadway widening for multi-modal facilities, roadway extensions, multi-use trails, pedestrian safety improvements, bridges, and overpasses.

Summary of Impacts:
The proposed Plan would result in no impacts or less than significant impacts related to agriculture and forest resources, land use and planning, mineral resources, population and housing, public services, and transportation/traffic. Potential impacts from individual listed projects to aesthetics, air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, geology and soils, hazards and hazardous materials, hydrology and water quality, noise, recreation, and utilities and service systems would require the implementation of mitigation to reduce impacts to a less than significant level. The proposed Plan would not result in any significant impacts that cannot be mitigated to a less than significant level.
Pursuant to the authority and criteria contained in the California Environmental Quality Act, the Lead Agency has analyzed the Plan and determined that it will NOT have a significant impact on the environment. Based on this finding the Lead Agency has prepared this Mitigated Negative Declaration.

Public Comment Period:
Beginning on May 24, 2016, a minimum period of no less than thirty (30) days will be provided to enable public review of the Plan, the Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration prior to final adoption of the Mitigated Negative Declaration by the Napa Valley Transportation Authority. The review period shall end on June 22 at 5:00 P.M.

The Mitigated Negative Declaration will be available online for public review, or in person at the Napa Valley Transportation Authority (625 Burnell Street, Napa, CA 94559 ([707] 259-5968). Please submit comments in writing before 5:00 P.M. on June 22, 2016 to the following address:

Attn: Danielle Schmitz, Planning Manager
Napa Valley Transportation Authority
625 Burnell Street
Napa, CA 94559
ALL INTERESTED PERSONS are invited to review the Mitigated Negative Declaration and to submit opinions or evidence for or against the Mitigated Negative Declaration.

Public Hearing:
On or after July 20, the Napa Valley Transportation Authority will hold a public hearing on this application and will make a decision on the Plan. Please check the agenda to confirm the date, time, and location.