Benjamin Ranch Winery, Use Permit Application No. P13-00371-UP


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Napa County
Document Title
Benjamin Ranch Winery, Use Permit Application No. P13-00371-UP
Document Type
MND - Mitigated Negative Declaration
Present Land Use

Document Description
Request for a Use Permit to establish a winery with development on 12.8 acres of an approximately 85.1-acre project site. The winery would produce up to 475,000 gallons of wine per year in approximately 87,292 square feet of building area that would house business/administrative functions, a commercial kitchen, and rooms for conducting winery tours and tastings, in addition to barrel storage and wine production functions. The proposed winery would: a) operate daily between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.; b) include a wine marketing program consisting of up to 357 events per year for up to 16 to 150 guests per event; c) offer wine tours and tastings by appointment for up to 400 people per day, inclusive of guests attending marketing events, with tours and tastings offered daily between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.; d) offer retail sale of wine and wine-related items, along with allowance for consumption on-site of wine purchased on the premises pursuant to Business and Professions Code Sections 23358, 23390 and 23396.5; and e) employ up to 61 full-time and part-time staff members. The proposed project would require demolition of an existing barn and shed currently used for vineyard management; redevelopment of a portion of the site with new winery and hospitality buildings, 75 parking stalls, and a new access driveway from Conn Creek Road/State Route 128; and installation of a left-turn lane on Conn Creek Road/State Route 128 at the new access driveway near the southeastern corner of the site.

Contact Information
Brian Bordona, Deputy Planning Director
Napa County
Lead/Public Agency
1195 3rd Street Suite 210
Napa, CA 94559

Phone : (707) 259-5935

Frank Family Vineyards, LLC
Project Applicant


38°28'38"N 122°24'30"W
Cross Streets
Conn Creek Road/State Route 128 and Silverado Trail
Total Acres
Parcel #
030-120-016 and 030-120-017
State Highways
128, 29
Napa Wine Train
River Meadow (private heliport)
Napa River, Conn Creek
Other Location Info
8895 Conn Creek Road, northeast of unincorporated Rutherford community

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Type
Agriculture (Winery)
Local Action
Use Permit
Project Issues
Aesthetics Agriculture and Forestry Resources Air Quality Biological Resources Cultural Resources Cumulative Effects Drainage/Absorption Economics/Jobs Flood Plain/Flooding Geology/Soils Greenhouse Gas Emissions Growth Inducement Hazards & Hazardous Materials Hydrology/Water Quality Land Use/Planning Mineral Resources Noise Population/Housing Public Services Recreation Septic System Solid Waste Transportation Tribal Cultural Resources Vegetation Wildfire Wildlife
Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB) California Department of Conservation (DOC) California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bay Delta Region 3 (CDFW) California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) California Department of Parks and Recreation California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics (DOT) California Department of Water Resources (DWR) California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES) California Highway Patrol (CHP) California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC) California Natural Resources Agency California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Francisco Bay Region 2 (RWQCB) California State Lands Commission (SLC) Department of Toxic Substances Control Office of Historic Preservation State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality California Department of Transportation, District 4 (DOT)


Environmental Document
Initial Study_Benjamin Ranch UP   PDF 558 K NOI_PHN_Benjamin Ranch UP_081220   PDF 198 K OPR Summary Form_Benjamin Ranch UP   PDF 580 K TIS WTrans_Benjamin Ranch UP   PDF 15703 K
NOC_Benjamin Ranch UP   PDF 257 K
State Comments
2020080261_Caltrans Comment   PDF 274 K

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