Have you considered putting a covering and lights at the skate park so you can play in night and rain?
Placing lights on active sports facilities is another issue that we would like to investigate during the Parks and Community Services Master Plan Update/Parks and Recreation Element of the General Plan. We receive occasional requests, so there may be a need for lighted facilities in American Canyon. There are many questions that need to be researched and discussed to determine if this is a community need such as location, use, neighbor’s willingness, installation cost, and maintenance. Receive updates on the General Plan update process.
Napa Valley Unified School District's 3-year Strategic Plan includes 18 Key Initiatives, under 6 Strategic Goals, so the measures of success will vary widely. Over the next several months, in our first implementation phase, senior management and other leaders have been asked to provide specific plans and measures for achieving or making significant progress on each of the key initiatives.
We will continue to make our progress transparent on the Strategic Plan page of our website (www.nvusd.org/strategy), and will periodically report out to the community using various media. At any time, if you have questions, please email email@example.com.
Departments will share their progress with the Board twice a year. In addition, Departments have already started aligning any fiscal requests with pillars within the Strategic Plan. This will ensure that we are allocating our funds in alignment with our greatest priorities. – Supervisor Ramos
Modern general plans include sections like noise element or quality of life section. Can this be added to ours? Also perhaps disaster planning and climate change.
American Canyon's General Plan contains the seven elements required by state law (Land Use, Housing, Circulation, Conservation, Noise, Safety, Open Space), plus four optional elements, Utilities, Parks and Recreation, and Economic Development.
These elements provide a framework for policies that guide the Community’s long-term growth and change. In many ways, all the elements working together help ensure the City’s long-term quality of life. The General Plan currently has a Noise Element that will be updated. Disaster Planning and Climate Change are important topics that could be incorporated into the Land Use, Conservation, and Safety Elements. Sign up for updates.
Please give the status of City Master Plan – parks & rec update to the relocation of American Canyon Little League.
The update of the Parks and Community Services Master Plan will occur with the update of the Parks and Recreation Element of the General Plan. This project is slated to begin later this year and will likely take two years or more to complete. City staff is in the process of developing the scope and the issues we want to be studied through this update. One of several issues we have already identified that needs study is to determine the long term home of the American Canyon Little League. It will most likely remain in its current location. However, we want to dig into the issue more through the process to settle this issue once and for all. Sign up to receive news on the General Plan update.
Re: Road construction on Donaldson Way & James Road. What is the final plan for that intersection? It seems it will be too narrow, as it looks right now.
In mid-January staff made revisions to the design in response to concerns raised. The bulb-outs were pulled back to provide additional room for vehicles to makes turns through the intersection. We believe this will provide a better fit for the neighborhood, while still retaining their functionality. These changes are now taking shape and may still seem awkward. Keep in mind, one of the final steps of this project will include striping. The new striping is designed to complement the bulb-outs at James Road and Donaldson Way intersection by adjusting the travel lane widths and relocating the stop locations to facilitate safe travel.
The project design includes traffic-calming features (i.e., “bulb-outs”) intended to protect pedestrians. These features purposefully encourage motorists to pay particular attention at that location. Admittedly, these contemporary features may seem out of place, but pedestrians safety was a design priority due to the prominence of children along this route to school. The bulb-outs are intended to persuade vehicles to reduce their speed as they transition from the commercial area to the residential neighborhood which starts at the James Road intersection. This is particularly important because this intersection coincides with the location of the pedestrian crossing on Donaldson Way.
What can be done to the street signs in American Canyon so that they are readable at night? Headlights can’t shine on them. I literally have to get out of my car at an intersection to read the signs – which seem to be useless. Help!The streets signs are reflective, however, in time, this does wear away. This is one of the ways you can help us! Please let us know when you see a specific location where a sign is difficult to see at night. You can call us at 647-4550, report online or use SeeClickFix app.
What measures will you take to slow down the speeding drivers on Wetlands Edge Rd for the safety of our children, our pets, and all others? Please comment.
We subscribe to the Three E’s for traffic: Enforcement, Engineering, and Education. From an Enforcement perspective, ACPD has increased its traffic enforcement presence along Wetlands Edge, in response to complaints from residents in that area. During those enforcement periods, the majority of the traffic has been within or below 30mph. ACPD has stopped, and cited, a few vehicles driven by residents from that area, that were traveling more than 40mph. ACPD will continue to spend time doing speeding enforcement along Wetlands Edge. From an Engineering perspective, the City is exploring various traffic calming options. The City and ACPD will be adding looking to use Social Media (Facebook) to address the Education portion.
The Public Works Department designs, constructs and maintains City streets in a safe condition while the Police Department enforces traffic laws. The City has a Traffic Safety Team who meet regularly to evaluate concerns about traffic safety. Many of the concerns reviewed in these meetings originate from community members. Traffic concerns can be reported online to our Traffic Safety Team.
The seasonal recreation programs and events are included in the City’s Playbook recreation activity guide. The spring/summer edition will be out by the end of March.
Program/event enhancements we are working on for the next year include more health, wellness and fitness classes, small increases to our very popular outdoor recreation and conservation programs, and setting a vision and direction for programming for the Senior Center. In the next few months, we will also be rolling out a Community Events Committee to bring all organizations that host events in the city in one room to coordinate, collaborate and hopefully improve our event offerings.
As for developments, there are a few projects in the works:
Clarke Ranch Phase 1 – Last year we were awarded a grant to improve the southern area (south of the parking lot and wetlands trail) informal dirt trail, add interpretative signage and elements and building an outdoor classroom. Along with that, the American Canyon Community and Parks Foundation raised funds to add an outdoor exercise area to this area too. We are just beginning the design and environmental review phase of this project. It will likely take the remainder of this year to complete, readying for construction bidding early next year, with construction in late spring or early summer.
Playground Resurfacing Project – Public Invitation to Bid packages are currently out to resurface two well-used playgrounds in the City, Shenandoah and Main Street Park. The project is expected to begin later this spring and be completed by the end of summer and included replacing the squishy safety surfacing under the playgrounds.
Public Facility Renovation Program – At the City Council Meeting held on December 18; Council approved the creation of a “Public Facilities Renovation Program.” This is envisioned to be very similar to our annual street paving program. It is planned to be an annual program where the renovation needs of the parks are planned, prioritized, included in the budget and completed. The first year’s projects were also approved during this Council Meeting. This year’s projects were to renovate and enhance the skate park and resurface the basketball and tennis courts at Elliott Park and the basketball court at Northampton Park. The skate park project is expected to be completed in early March. For the court resurfacing project, we are in the process of formalizing the scope (what work will be done) and creating the Invitation for Bids packet. We expect work to begin this summer and be complete by the fall.
Year 2 projects are under development now and will be presented as a part of next year’s budget, Fiscal Year 2019-2020. If approved, these projects are expected to be completed next year (summer of 2020). Years 3-5 are also in the early planning stages. A concept plan for these future years will likely be presented with the Year 2 projects, but with no expected action from Council.
Newell Open Space Upper Newell Creek Watershed Improvement and Erosion Reduction Project – The City has been coordinating with the Napa County Resource Conservation District to improve the Newell Creek water quality and reduce erosion. The primary way to achieve this is to improve the upper roads/trails in the Newell Open Space. The road/trail improvements will occur in the area that we call the loop trail or ridge trails. Those are the two trails that head up the hill from the central picnic grounds at the Newell Open Space. This project intends to grade the roads properly, so that is out sloped and drain more naturally, rather than concentrating flows to a few spots. When the water is concentrated, more of it needs to run-off at the same place which leads to faster-moving water which increases erosion. A contractor will install frequent “rolling dips” to encourage more spread out run-off. We are just about to complete permitting and environmental, clearing the way for construction to begin this summer.
Newell Open Space Creekside and Valley Trail – The Newell Open Space Creekside is the initial .5 mile trail from the parking lot at the intersection of Newell Drive and Donaldson Way. The Valley Trail is the next .5 mile stretch once you enter to the greater preserve (near the barn) until you get to the central picnic area in the valley. The Creekside Trail is in need of becoming a sturdy solid surface capable of supporting hikers of all abilities. This project started nearly two years ago and had to be stopped as the grades did not allow for a gradual enough grade. The project was put on hold while we have been working on small property acquisitions to ensure the grades will work. We are hopeful that we will make progress on our acquisition needs to start this project again later this year. Much like the Creekside Trail, the Valley Trail needs a sturdy surface, but it also has some drainage issues like the loop trails mentioned above. This section is being designed with the Creekside Trail to hopefully implement both section’s improvements at the same time.
- Devlin Road is a long-planned north-south alternative to Highway 29. It connects American Canyon to the Napa Airport Business Park. A significant milestone was achieved in late February as Napa County 5th District Supervisor Belia Ramos and the rest of the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a construction contract to build “Segment E” (over Sheehy Creek to Tower Rd.) Work should begin once it stops raining and will last for about a year. The last remaining piece of Devlin Road (“Segment H”) is currently under design by the City. State funding for the project was unilaterally reprogrammed by the California Transportation Commission (CTC) from FY18/19 out to FY20/21. City staff is working diligently to request that the funding is made available sooner. If successful, and if all goes well, construction could also begin later this year. If not, then construction would likely occur in the summer of 2020.
I've had many conversations on this topic. We (the Chamber of Commerce) held an Economic Development Town Hall on exactly this subject on June 18, 2016! You can still view the recording of this meeting on our Facebook Page under our video archive. The meeting was almost three years ago, but the content shared is still relevant today.
Ultimately for businesses like this, you have to show them what they want. We lack the population and the space that they favor. I'll be honest; I don't think we will ever have a large chain restaurant in American Canyon. I don't believe we are the right place for them to come, and I'm ok with that. The restaurants that do well here are locally made. Le Paris Artisan & Bakery is a great example of that! Jay announced his opening on NextDoor and immediately asked for feedback. By doing this he involved his neighbors right away, and we all bought into his dream! It was so beautiful to watch him absorb that feedback and apply it to his bakery. The bakery is now thriving and a favorite spot for locals.
Did you know we have 14 restaurants in town that are unique to only American Canyon, and 17 popular chain/franchised restaurants in town? I believe we (residents and businesses) need to do a better job supporting what we have instead of spending time wishing for things to come into town. By loving on our local businesses, we attract and encourage others to set up shop here. If our businesses in town are not thriving, other businesses will look elsewhere.