Napa growth measure goes down to defeat |

Napa growth measure goes down to defeat

NAPA ” In an extremely tight race Tuesday, a Napa County measure intended to curb residential growth lost narrowly.

Measure N is similar to the Managed Growth Initiative, which supporters in Grass Valley are aiming to put on the November ballot. Unlike the local initiative, which is limited to affecting developments within Grass Valley city limits, Napa’s Measure N would apply to the entire county.

The measure also would enshrine the county’s current 35-foot building height limit as law.

It was behind by 2 percent of the vote in early returns. With more than 17,541 votes counted, 351 votes separated the two sides.

Measure N would have turned the unincorporated county’s 1 percent growth limit into law, taking decisions on major residential development proposals out of the hands of the Napa County Board of Supervisors and placing them in the hands of voters.

Supporters launched the measure after the Napa board voted to send the 3,200-townhome Napa Pipe proposal along a path of public environmental studies last year. The project ” the largest ever proposed in Napa County ” raised alarms among citizens and slow-growth advocates.

Critics said the measure would encourage growth in areas devoted to agriculture.

Napa Redevelopment Partners, backed by San Francisco money, invested $1.4 million in defeating Measure N, sponsoring a political group called Keep Napa Napa and breaking all known Napa County records for local races. Supporters spent $88,700.

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