Friday July 11, 2008

The staff report and supporting documents for the Ritz-Carlton Napa Valley project are available online, in advance of the City Council's consideration of the project on Tuesday, July 15. The full package of documents is available here.

The Ritz-Carlton Project would include 351 hotel rooms, a restaurant and bar area, retail space, a 20,900-square-foot banquet and conference facility and a health spa, and a subterranean parking garage.  The Ritz-Carlton would be designed and constructed as a five diamond quality level property as rated by the American Automobile Association (AAA).  A full project description including Project history is located in the June 19, 2008 Planning Commission Report. See Attachment 7 in the package of documents.

ritz-from-fsb-sim.jpg The applicant has requested City approvals of a General Plan Amendment, Rezoning, a Planned Development Overlay District, Use Permit, Design Review Permit and a Tentative Subdivision Map in order to implement the proposal. The Project was reviewed by the Planning Commission at a design review workshop held on June 5, 2008 and at a public hearing held on June 19, 2008. The minutes are included in Attachments 8 and 9 in the package of documents.

At the June 19 hearing, the Planning Commission on a 3-0 vote recommended approval of the requested entitlements to the City Council including that the City Council consider comments on the Project’s Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND).  Since the IS/MND comment period ended on June 19th, the Planning Commission was able to consider comments received prior to and at the hearing, but were unable to respond to all of the written and verbal comments received.  They directed staff to prepare responses to comments and requested that the City Council consider the comments prior to determining the adequacy of the IS/MND.  Responses to public comments on the IS/MND are included as Attachment 10 in the package of documents.