Decision on Fate of Walt Ranch Could be Determined by San Francisco Appeals Court

Oct 15, 2019

(WB) - The fate of Walt Ranch may again be heard before a court of appeal in San Francisco.

Napa County on October 15 filed a petition asking a state appellate court to re-consider its recent ruling that it failed to properly analyze the environmental impacts of a proposed vineyard development in the hills east of the Napa.

One of the arguments is that 500 acres of preserved woodland can offset the loss of greenhouse gas sequestration if trees are cut to develop the property.

The dispute is over the plans by vintners Craig and Kathryn Hall, owners of HALL Estates in St. Helena to develop 209 acres of vineyards. Most of the Halls’ 2,300 acres would remain undeveloped.

Napa County approved the project in December 2016 after denying appeals from various organizations, including the Center for Biological Diversity.

Subsequently three lawsuits were filed against Napa County, alleging the county violated California’s environmental laws. The Center for Biological Diversity argued cutting 14,000 trees would have significant impacts on the environment.

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