UPDATE: Referendum Victory – Although the Enchanted Resort project was unanimously approved by the Council, voters qualified a referendum. A “yes” vote on Measure C was deemed support for the project.
On March 5, 2013, the voters of Calistoga approved Measure C, resulting in another victory for the Project. The City of Calistoga and its visitors will now be able to enjoy a new luxury resort just as the City Council intended. Truly, this was a rare referendum victory for the development community in California.
Two Major Projects Approved in Calistoga and Lincoln, California.
Enchanted Resorts – A luxury resort project on Diamond Mountain in Napa wine country.
On August 21, 2012, the Calistoga City Council approved the Enchanted Resorts project and Environmental Impact report for a 110-unit luxury resort hotel and associated amenities, as well as 20 Residence Club units, and 13 custom residences. The resort hotel is set in a forested hillside setting on Calistoga’s Diamond Mountain. It is anticipated to employ as many as 200 persons in full-time, part-time, and seasonal positions. The project will incorporate a significant number of environmentally-friendly features including solar technology, electric vehicle use, and water-efficient landscaping. Abbott & Kindermann, LLP, with Diane Kindermann as lead counsel, represented the developers of the Calistoga Enchanted Resort project through the city’s approval process and successfully secured EIR certification, as well as land use entitlements which included: a general plan amendment, tentative map, rezone, conditional use permit, and a development agreement.
Village 1 Specific Plan – A master-planned community in Placer County.
On November 27, 2012, the Lincoln City Council approved the Village 1 Specific Plan, a master-planned community in the eastern part of the City’s sphere of influence, and Environmental Impact Report. The project is located on 1,832 acres and includes 5,639 residential units, ranging from 1.0 dwelling unit per acre (du/ac) up to 25 du/ac, and approximately 39 acres of proposed mixed-use development that will include, in addition to high-density residential uses, retail, office, and public/semi-public facilities. Other uses include an elementary school, parks, and open space. The project is one of several villages identified by the City to implement its recently adopted 2050 general plan. Abbott & Kindermann, LLP, with Diane Kindermann as lead land use and CEQA counsel, assisted the developers in securing plan approval and certification of an EIR.
Abbott & Kindermann, LLP Represented Three Clients In Successful Appeals Before The Third Appellate District
Abbott & Kindermann, LLP represented three clients in successful appeals before the Third Appellate District. William Abbott represented Siskiyou County and the Siskiyou County Air Pollution Control District inMount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center, et al. v. County of Siskiyou, et al. and Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center, et al. v. Siskiyou County Air Pollution Control District, et al, respectively. Mr. Abbott also served as trial and appellate counsel to the County of Tehama in Sierra Club, et al. v. County of Tehama, et al., an attack on the updated Tehama County General Plan and EIR.
Amazing Facts Ministry Placer County
The development team of RCH Group in Roseville (David Cook), Grass Valley’s King Engineering, Inc. (Russell King, P.E.) and Bill Abbott of Abbott & Kindermann, LLP recently secured key approvals for the Amazing Facts Ministry campus to be located in Granite Bay in Placer County. This Facility consists of approximately 120,000 square feet of religious facilities, including the Ministry’s production facilities for web, television, video and publication outreach. The Planning Commission approved the EIR and entitlements. No appeal was filed.