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

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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
Agency Name
Napa County
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Agency Name
Frank Family Vineyards, LLC
Contact Types
Project Applicant


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

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State 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)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Department of Transportation, District 4 (DOT)
Development Types
Agriculture (Winery)
Local Actions
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


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