About American Canyon
American Canyon was incorporated on January 1, 1992 as a General Law City with a Council/Manager form of government. Policy making authority is vested in a five-member City Council; four council-members and a directly elected Mayor. Day-to-day administration is provided by a City Manager, serving under the direction of the Council. Operating departments include Administration, Community Development, Public Works, Finance, and Parks & Recreation.
The current population is 20,990 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. The City is approximately 40 miles northeast of San Francisco and 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 - 90 degrees, and winter temperatures range from 40 - 60 degrees. The average number of clear days per year is 265 and the average rainfall is 22 inches per year.
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, 19 Sworn Officers and 2 Non-Sworn Police Technicians and an Administrative Clerk shared with the Fire District. The Police Department believes in the philosophy of community policing and is active at community events. 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 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; and confined space and trench rescue. The District is a first responder service for medical emergencies providing advanced life support (paramedic) intervention. Staffing includes a Fire Chief, an Assistant Chief, 6 Fire Captains and 12 full time firefighters augmented by up to 10 reserve firefighters.
Sports, Recreation, + Trails
The City of American Canyon is a destination for outdoor recreation and natural beauty. Whether you seek running, walking, hiking, biking, bird watching or horseback riding opportunities, you can find it here. The City has more than 70 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 and also a 640 acre preserve on the eastern edge of town known as Newell Open Space. Segments of three significant trail systems run through American Canyon; the San Francisco Bay Trail, the Bay Area Ridge Trail and the Napa Valley Vine Trail. The City also operates and maintains four recreational facilities; a Community Center, a Senior Multi-Use Center, a Recreation Center, and the Phillip West Aquatics Center.
American Canyon is a very engaged community and local events are popular and well attended. In 2017, forty-one (41!) community events were held. Our events include small ones, like our annual Nerf Battle, to one of our largest signature events, the 4th of July Celebration, which was attended by an estimated 3,000 people.
Events that are held each year include our Community Recognition Ball, Earth Day Amcan By the Bay, Community Wide Yard Sale Weekend, our Memorial Day and Veterans Day Ceremonies, Snow Day, and many more. Visit our website for a complete list of this year’s events.
Housing Availability, Pricing, + Rentals
The housing supply in American Canyon is approximately 80% single family homes, 14% mobile homes and 6% multi-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 the Napa Valley. The sales price of existing homes range from $200,000 to $750,000 with a median price of $556,000. There are 5 mobile home parks with a total of 840 spaces available. The City has a Rent Stabilization Ordinance that limits rent increases at mobile home parks. Apartments rent from $1,900 to $2,500 per month. Home rentals range from $2,200 to $3,500 per month. Vacancy rates are very low, 3.9% as of January, 2018. The City has a state-certified Housing Element and is actively involved in developing affordable housing.
Taxes + Assessments
In American Canyon, Property Tax is 1% of assessed value. Sales Tax is 7.75%. Business Licenses are on a sliding scale based upon gross receipts, capped at $1,500 annually. The Transient Occupancy Tax is 12%. There is a Fire Assessment Fee of approximately $79 per household with Business Fees based on type of construction, potential fire hazard, and fire equipment installed. The City has an adopted Impact Fee schedule for water, sewer, parks, traffic, and civic facilities. Currently, there are no Utility User Taxes or Mello-Roos Assessment Districts in American Canyon. There is a Landscaping and Lighting Assessment District comprised of the LaVigne Subdivision, the Vintage Ranch Subdivision, and the Napa Junction Mixed-Use Development. All fees are included in Appendix F.
The City of American Canyon’s water supply comes from the North Bay Aqueduct (State Water Project). Water pressure is maintained at 65 to 85 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. All new development is required to maintain a Zero Water Footprint which is defined as “no loss in reliability or increase in water rates for existing water service customers due to requested increased demand for water within the City’s Water Service Area.”
The City owns and operates the American Canyon Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) commissioned in 2001. The service area extends from the Napa/Solano County line north to Fagan Creek. The plant is a secondary/tertiary treatment plant and was one of the first treatment plants in the country to use a Membrane Bio Reactor and ultraviolet light disinfection. The plant is a 2.57 million gallons per day wastewater treatment facility designed to meet very strict state standards.
The City of American Canyon depends on recycled water as an integral piece of its overall water supply portfolio. Over the past several years, the City has made significant strides in constructing the primary components of a distribution system including a pump station at the WRF, a 1.0 million gallon elevated storage tank on the east side, a 1.5 million gallon elevated tank at the WRF and 13 miles of distribution pipeline. All water customers are also invited to pick up recycled water in their own containers for residential uses at the City’s Corporation Yard. Several new construction projects in the last year have been dual plumbed to allow for use of recycled water to flush toilets and to water landscaping.
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 regulation, 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. Additional services include street sweeping, curbside recycling and a new Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center.
The City is part of the Napa Valley Unified School District. American Canyon is home to three elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. NVUSD is planning to construct two new elementary schools and a new middle school in the near term. Napa Valley College is approximately 6 miles north and Solano Community College is 15 miles east in Fairfield. Several universities are in close proximity to American Canyon including Touro University at Mare Island, California State University Maritime Academy in Vallejo and Pacific Union College north of Napa.
Business + Long-Term Development
American Canyon is part of the larger Napa Valley regional economy whose primary industries include wineries, hotels, restaurants, education and local government. American Canyon’s job base is driven largely by industrial and retail businesses. Industrial jobs are concentrated in wine production related businesses, specialty trades and food manufacturing. Major food and beverage companies with facilities in American Canyon include Coca Cola, Barry Callebaut Chocolate, Sutter Home, Jackson Family Wines, Hess Company Wine, Wallaby Yogurt, and Mezzetta.
American Canyon is also growing in the logistics sector. Ikea has recently opened its first fulfilment center in the United States. Other major logistics companies include Western Wine, Biagi Brothers, and Wine Direct. The approximately 45,000 vehicles that travel through American Canyon each day on Highway 29 draw retail customers from local residents, but also commuters and residents from Solano County and other parts of Napa Valley.
Future job-creation growth is planned with nearly 4 million square feet of industrial development approved and in the entitlement process. The City is planning for residential, retail, and hospitality growth with the Broadway District Specific Plan and Watson Ranch Specific Plan. These projects, nearing the conclusion of their entitlement process, will bring an additional 2,400 dwelling units, a new elementary and middle school, parks, open space, two hotels, and new resident and tourist-serving retail and commercial opportunities.
More than 112 miles of City streets run throughout American Canyon. State Highway 29 runs through the City 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.