POPULATION AND LOCALE
The City of American Canyon was incorporated in 1992. The current population is approximately 20,000 residents with a build-out population estimated at 25,000. Located at the southeastern end of Napa County, the City is roughly 6.60 square miles in size. It is bounded geographically by the Napa River to the west, the foothills of the Sulphur Springs Mountain Range to the east, the City of Vallejo to the south and vineyards and the Napa Airport to the north.
The climate is generally mild, with northeasterly winds from the San Francisco Bay. Summer temperatures range from 50 to 90 degrees, and winter temperatures range from 40 to 60 degrees. The average number of clear days per year is 265 and average rainfall is 24 inches per year.
The City of American Canyon operates under the council-manager form of government. Policy-making authority is vested in a five-member City Council. Day-to-day administration is provided by the City Manager, serving under the direction of the Council. Operating departments include Administration, Community Development, Public Works, Parks & Recreation, and Administrative Services.
American Canyon is a safe community with few major crimes reported. Law enforcement services are provided through a contract with the Napa County Sheriff's Office. The department is made up of a Police Chief, 4 Sergeants, 18 Sworn Officers and two Police Technicians. The police department believes in the philosophy of community policing and is active with community events. The department has a Community Resource Officer, two officers assigned to traffic education and enforcement and a School Resource Officer. The department responds to all calls for service 24 hours a day 365 days a year and utilizes the resources from the Napa County Sheriff’s Office for major incidents and investigations.
The American Canyon Fire Protection District is an agency that provides all risk emergency services including response to; structural and wild land fires, rescue calls including structure collapse rescue, vehicle extrication, low to high angle rescue, swift and flood water rescue, confined space and trench rescue. The District provides limited hazardous materials response, and first responder service for medical emergencies providing advanced life support (paramedic) intervention. Staffing includes one full-time Fire Chief, one Assistant Chief, six Fire Captains and ten full time firefighters augmented by twenty reserve firefighters.
The District provides non emergency services such as fire code plan checks, inspections, and enforcement of fire codes and ordinances; participates in educational activities to increase community awareness of fire safety and prevention; and conducts fire investigations within its jurisdiction. In the event of a major disaster, the District is responsible for activating the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) for the community of American Canyon.
The District has Automatic and Mutual Aid agreements with the City of Napa, City of Vallejo and Napa County. The District’s Insurance Service Office (ISO) rating is related to certain fire insurance premiums, e.g. a lower ISO rating can equate to lower insurance premiums. The District’s current ISO rating is; Class 2 (in areas within the District where a fire hydrant is located within 1000 feet). Class 2Y (in areas within the District where a fire hydrant is located in excess of 1000 feet). We are located at 911 Donaldson Way East, American Canyon, California 94503.
State Highway 29 runs through American Canyon and intersects with Highway 12 at the north end of town and Highway 37 near the south end. Highway 12 extends east to I-80 (3 miles) and west to the counties of Sonoma and Marin and Highway 101 (25 miles). Highway 37 is located one mile south of town and connects to I-80 or Highway 101.
The City of American Canyon's water supply comes from the North Bay Aqueduct (State Water Project). Water pressure is maintained at 65 to 100 psi with flows sufficient to meet the needs of most commercial and industrial projects. The City also receives both raw and treated water through agreements with the City of Vallejo.
The sewer service area extends from the Napa/Solano County line north to Fagan Creek. In 2002, American Canyon completed construction of a new 2.57 million gallon per day wastewater treatment facility designed to meet very strict state standards. Recycled water meeting Title 22 standards is available.
A Storm Drain Master Plan was completed in 1996. The City participates in the National Flood Insurance Program. Given its proximity to the Napa River, development in American Canyon must comply with the Regional Water Quality Control Board regulations, as well as other State and Federal regulatory agencies.
SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL
Under a franchise agreement with the City, American Canyon Recology provides garbage pick-up for all residents and businesses. Roll-off service is also available. Additional services include street sweeping, curbside recycling and a new Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center. For service, call (707) 552-3110.
ELECTRICITY AND NATURAL GAS
Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) supplies electricity and natural gas to American Canyon. Information on rates and services is available by calling (800) 743-5000.
AT&T and Comcast provide a variety of services to American Canyon, including ISDN lines.
A weekly newspaper, the American Canyon Eagle, serves the community, as well as two daily newspapers, the Times Herald in Vallejo and the Napa Valley Register. Regional and national newspapers are also available for delivery. To contact local papers call the American Canyon Eagle at (707) 256-2210; the Times Herald at (707) 644-1141; or the Napa Valley Register at (707) 226-3711.
TAXES AND ASSESSMENTS
Property Tax: 1% of assessed value. Sales Tax: 8.75%. Business Licenses: A sliding scale based upon gross receipts, capped at $1,500 annually. Transient Occupancy Tax: 12%. Fire Assessment Fee: Approximately $79 per household; businesses are based on type of construction, potential fire hazard, and fire equipment installed. Impact Fees: The City had adopted impact fees for Water, Sewer, Parks, Traffic and Civic Facilities. There are no Utility User Taxes or Mello-Roos Assessment Districts in American Canyon. There is a Landscaping & Lighting Assessment District comprised of the LaVigne subdivision, the Vintage Ranch subdivision, and the Napa Junction Mixed-Use Development.
Queen of the Valley Hospital operates the Napa Valley Women's Healthcare Center at Canyon Plaza in American Canyon. JobCare of St. Helena Hospital operates an occupational medical facility 4 miles north in Napa Gateway Business Park. A regional Kaiser Permanente Hospital and Sutter Solano Medical Center are four miles south in Vallejo. Queen of the Valley Hospital is 15 miles north in Napa.
The City is part of the Napa Valley Unified School District. There are three elementary schools and one middle school in town. A new high school opened in summer 2010. Napa Valley College is approximately 6 miles north and Solano Community College is 15 miles east in Fairfield. Pacific Union College has a degree completion campus 4 miles north of Napa. Napa Valley College also offers classes at the high school.
The City owns and operates a community center and aquatic facility. A branch of the County Library operates in Canyon Plaza. The City has over 50 acres of developed parkland, ranging from tot lots to a 20-acre community park. The City owns a large open space on its western edge that has been restored as tidal wetlands. The trailhead of the Wetlands Edge segment of the Napa River Bay Trail is located at the corner of Wetlands Edge Road and Eucalyptus Drive, and the 640-acre Newell Open Space Preserve is located on the eastern edge of the City. Hiking and horseback riding trails can be found at Newell Open Space.
HOUSING AVAILABILITY, PRICING AND RENTALS
The housing stock in American Canyon is predominantly single-family homes. Neighborhoods range from older to high-end new subdivisions. Housing prices are moderate in spite of the City's close proximity (about 40 miles) to San Francisco and its location in Napa County. The sale price of existing homes ranges from $300,000 to over $600,000 with the median price at $415,000. There are five mobile home parks with about 900 spaces available. Modular homes are also available in some parks. Apartments rent from $900 to $1,400 per month. Home rentals range from $1,200 to $1,800 per month. The City has a Rent Stabilization Ordinance that limits rent increases at mobile home parks. The City has a state-certified Housing Element and is actively involved in developing affordable housing.
The potential for attracting additional office and professional buildings, retail-commercial office/business parks, and light-manufacturing investment to the community is excellent. The City's Green Island Industrial Park has approximately 50 acres available for development. An additional 350 acres was recently annexed to expand the industrial area. Currently, the City is processing nearly 3 million square feet in new industrial developments and building permits for approximately 740,000 square feet. The City's intent is to promote long-term economic development by expanding its industrial base and increasing retail services, both for its citizens and the 5 million tourists that come to the Napa Valley each year. City staff are willing to act creatively and expeditiously to make worthwhile projects happen. A City Council ad hoc committee is currently working on the development of the Highway 29 commercial corridor, which will eventually link to a 300-acre, master-planned Watson Ranch that will provide 1,200 homes and an array of services for both visitors and local residents.