The Public Works Department is responsible for management of the City's water supply. As stewards of this finite resource, Engineering staff are responsible for allocating water to City customers and ensuring that we meet the needs of everyone in our water service area.
For development projects, an applicant is required to submit a Will-Serve Application to the Public Works Department regarding their anticipated water demand and sewer generation rate. The request is reviewed in light of the Zero Water Footprint Policy adopted by the City Council in October 2007, 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."
If a project does not have a zero water footprint, a Water Supply Report will be prepared. The Water Supply Report analyzes the request in light of the City's supply and distribution system. It includes the water demand, the capacity fee to be charged to the project, and any conversation or mitigation measures that may be required.
When the Water Supply Report is complete, staff prepares a "Will-Serve" letter, which sets the terms and conditions for receiving water from the City. Once the terms of the Will-Serve letter are agreed to by the applicant, the Public Works Department will send a letter to the Napa County Planning Department confirming that the City will supply water to the project. The Will-Serve letter must be issued prior to approval of a planning entitlement or a building permit.
The Energy Efficiency Climate Action Plan (EECAP) provides a road map for enhancing energy efficiency throughout the City's residential, commercial, and industrial communities.
A key goal is to connect American Canyon residents and businesses to resources that will help them use energy more efficiently, save money, and improve the quality of life for current and future residents. The EECAP is available for review. Please click on the link below.
ENERGY SAVING TIPS
There are a variety of ways to save on energy use, such as:
Replacing old appliances with Energy Star labeled appliances
Replacing incandescent light bulbs with energy efficient ones (CFLs or LEDs)
Insulating your home (attic, walls, water heater, and exposed pipes)
Using cold water for laundry (90% of the energy is used for heating water)
Air drying laundry and dishes
Consider installing solar energy
There are rebates available for nearly all of these options. Click here to find rebates and incentives for residents of Napa County.
ENERGY SAVING RESOURCES
Energy Upgrade California, Napa County (click here) is your one-stop-shop for home improvement projects that lower your energy use, conserve water and natural resources, and make your home healthier and more comfortable. Homeowners can get up to $4,000 back in rebates when you make your home more energy efficient, and there are local contractors who are trained and ready to do the work today.
PG&E Rebates and Cash Incentives are available for completing energy-efficiency projects at your home or business. Click here to see PG&E rebates and associated programs for residential customers.
Savings By Design (SBD) is Californiaʼs nonresidential new construction energy efficiency program, administered statewide and funded by Utility customers through the Public Purpose Programs surcharge applied to gas and electric services. Savings By Design encourages energy-efficient building design and construction practices, promoting the efficient use of energy by offering up-front design assistance supported by financial incentives based on project performance. Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) is a participating utility. To learn more, click HERE.
PG&E Home Energy Audit - It's fast, easy and costs you nothing - all you have to do is answer a few basic questions about your home and your lifestyle habits. PG&E will send you an estimate of what’s using energy in your home and a list of personalized, suggested improvements from PG&E that can help save energy and costs. To learn more about PG&E’s Home Energy Audit, click HERE.
Sustainable Napa County, has numerous links on their website to energy saving resources. To learn more and to sign up for regular information, click HERE.
In September 2009, the state adopted the Water Conservation in Landscaping Act of 2006 (AB 1881). As of January 1, 2010, all local jurisdictions will be required to implement this law, with the aim of reducing water consumption by landscaping.
Landscaping is believed to use, on average, more than half the water used in urban areas. The state Department of Water Resources (DWR) has prepared a Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (MWELO) for use by local jurisdictions to ensure a reduction of water waste and to stretch the limited water supplies of the state. For your convenience the City has MWELO Applicability & Submittal Guidance.
The new state ordinance contains specific requirements related to the design, installation, maintenance, and performance of new and rehabilitated landscapes. The designs must be based on regional conditions, including average rainfall and plants (and irrigation) adapted to the local area.
The ordinance applies to all new or rehabilitated landscapes over 2,500 square feet in size for all commercial, industrial, and developer-installed residential landscaping. It also applies to homeowner-installed new residential landscapes over 5,000 square feet that need a building or landscape permit, or plan check.
The attached DWR MWELO handout presents an overview of the water efficient landscaping ordinance, including several of its more important requirements.
The application period for commercial cannabis business permits closed 4:30 PM Monday, August 5, 2019. Information and resources are listed below. Contact (707) 647-4348 with questions.
TH CITY HOSTED AN INFORMATIONAL WORKSHOP FOR INTERESTED APPLICANTS ON JANUARY 8, 2019, MATERIALS FROM THAT MEETING ARE LISTED BELOW:
Proposition 64, which was approved by the voters in 2016, legalized recreational cannabis in California. Proposition 64 allows anyone 21 years of age or older to buy, consume, and receive cannabis up to certain limits and grow up to 6 live plants inside their personal residence or in a secure backyard greenhouse. Because Proposition 64 is a State Law, American Canyon does not have any authority to prohibit these activities.
Proposition 64 allows local jurisdictions to decide whether to allow commercial cannabis businesses in our community. After a nearly 2-year process with numerous public meetings and outreach, the City Council adopted a Cannabis Ordinance in September 2018. This ordinance may allow six (6) commercial cannabis business permits following compliance with stringent requirements and a public hearing in the Green Island Industrial Zoning District. These businesses may include indoor nurseries, manufacturing, testing, non-storefront retail and home delivery services. The Ordinance does not allow residents to grow cannabis outdoors at their personal residence. Retail storefront cannabis stores are also not allowed.
Demand for consumer and business use of wireless data is expanding rapidly, and providers are increasingly seeking to build new wireless facilities and/or modify existing ones to increase network capacity and coverage. This new capacity may be a combination of new and/or upgrades to existing “macro cell sites” or increasingly, the installation of new “small cell” sites. New “small cell” sites can provide a flexible solution to augment larger “macro cell sites” and additional capacity to areas that may have poor coverage. These new Wireless “Small-Cell Antenna Facilities” (SAF) are claimed to be an effective solution to expand wireless network coverage and increase network capacity because they are smaller, have low power needs, and cost significantly less than traditional monopole towers or rooftop installations.
In 2018, the City worked with wireless providers on a SAF Ordinance to create a ministerial permit process for SAF development. The SAF Ordinance creates design, development, and operational standards for the SAFs that helps protects the City’s environment and aesthetics. The City also completed a Master Lease Agreement (MLA) template for SAF projects proposed in City-owned properties and the City’s utility poles. The SAF Ordinance and SAF-MLA streamlines SAF projects for wireless developers because it established procedures, submittal requirements, timelines, and permit fees for these new wireless facilities. The City Council adopted the SAF Ordinance on June 19, 2018 and the SAF-MLA Resolution on December 4, 2018. Applications for SAFs are available below.
Building Permit Application
SAF MLA Application (Planning Entitlement Application)
Encroachment Permit Application (Reviewed and approved by the Public Works Dept.)
MACRO SITES AND MINOR MODS
Applicants interested in developing new wireless telecommunication facilities will need to obtain a Conditional Use Permit from the Planning Division prior to pursuing building permits. The CUP is publicly notified and approved by the City’s Planning Commission through a public hearing. The application requires a $3000 developer’s deposit and takes approximately 8 to 12 weeks for review, depending on the completeness of the submittal. The initial screen check will be completed within 30 days.
Applicants interested in changing existing wireless sites shall obtain a Minor Modification permit prior to building permits. Minor Mods are reviewed and approved administratively. The application requires a $500 developer’s deposit and takes approximately 2 to 4 weeks for review. For more information on these applications and their submittal requirements, please contact William He, Associate Planner, by e-mail at email@example.com.
- Broadway District Specific Plan
- Circulation Element - General Plan
- Traffic Impact Fee NEXUS Study - Final
- Traffic Impact Study Guidelines
- Traffic Study Thresholds of Significance
- Napa Valley Transportation Authority (NVTA)
- Highway 29 Corridor Improvement Plan
- Napa Valley Transportation Authority (NVTA) Pedestrian Plan and Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR)