American Canyon Specific Plan

On July 8, 2019, CCEC initiated litigation against the City of American Canyon concerning the energy and transportation components of the city's Broadway Specific Plan, which relies on the widening of SR 29 (Broadway) to address regional and local transportation demand. The litigation follows extensive correspondence with the city concerning the unaddressed issues raised by the proposed plan.  Among other unaddressed problems, the city's plan purports to serve considerable new transportation demand by building roadway capacity for which funding is not available, and may never become available.  And as the Napa County Transportation Authority's county-wide plan points out, business as usual in the transportation sector is not going to turn out well for American Canyon--

"Napa County’s economy is largely dependent on the wine and tourism industry which accounts for 40% of the local labor force. The top five fastest growing job sectors in Napa County, which will account for 63% of the projected job growth, are low wage earning job sectors. This is particularly significant because housing in Napa is expensive and projected housing production will not keep pace with job production. This will force the growing Napa County workforce to look for more affordable housing elsewhere. Conversely, residents that wish to live in Napa County are likely to seek higher paying jobs elsewhere. The housing/income mismatch will result in more vehicle miles traveled and the inevitable associated congestion on Napa’s roads. If projections are accurate, this could result in 30,000 workers commuting into Napa each day by 2040 – a 45% increase, and an additional 2,000 outbound-commuters or a total of 16,000 daily trips leaving the county for work over this same time period."


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