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Napa Valley Vine Trail Coalition


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Title: Napa Valley Vine Trail Coalition

Napa Valley Vine Trail Coalition
  • Overview
  • September 2008

The Vision
The Benefits Challenges of a Trail
  • Benefits
  • Enhances local routes to school and work
  • Connects the communities of the valley
  • Improves bicycle safety
  • Promotes a responsible wine tasting travel
  • Provides an exercise/healthy lifestyle choice
  • Reduces the valley carbon footprint
  • Educates the community about our vineyards
  • Spotlights the beauty of the valley
  • Challenges
  • 150-200 landowners will have to agree to provide
    easements to make it happen

The Napa Valley Vine Trail Coalition
  • 501c(3) created September 2008 to implement
    option B of the Napa Valley Greenway Feasibility
    Study commissioned by the Napa County
    Transportation and Planning Agency (NCTPA)
  • Phase One Engineer and build a 22 mile multiuse
    Vine Trail from Dunaweal Lane in Calistoga to
    Trancas Street in Napa

NCTPA Greenway Feasibility Study
  • Commissioned by NCTPA 12/2007
  • Funded by
  • Napa County
  • American Canyon
  • Calistoga
  • Napa City
  • St. Helena
  • Yountville
  • Confirms Feasibility
  • Describes three alternative routes
  • West Side (Hwy 29)
  • Mid-valley (Along the Napa River or through
  • East Side (Silverado Trail)

Board Members Being Approached Now
  • Founding Board Members (initial cash resource
  • Land Trust of Napa County
  • Napa Valley Grape Growers
  • Napa Valley Vintners
  • Additional Board Members
  • California Department of Fish and Game
  • Friends of the Napa River
  • Napa Bicycle Coalition
  • Napa County Farm Bureau
  • Napa County Transportation and Planning Committee
  • NCTPA Bicycle Advisory Committee
  • Napa County Regional Parks and Open Space
  • Napa Valley Conference Visitors Bureau
  • Napa Valley Land Stewards Alliance
  • Napa Valley Sierra Club
  • Napa Valley Taxpayers Alliance
  • 3 Community representatives

  • Engineering Oversee the engineering of the trail
    including route selection, engineering and
    construction firm selection and design
  • Community Community outreach to affected land
    owners to solicit their support and deal with
    landowner specific right of way issues and
  • Legal Develop legal, indemnification, insurance
    and liability plans and documents to protect
    landowners and obtain the required route access
  • Grant Solicitation Work to identify and secure
    available public funding for a portion of the
    Trails cost.
  • Capital Campaign Organize and conduct fund
    raising of the private portion of the Trail

  • Membership in the Vine Trail Coalition and
    service on any of the committees are open to any
    individual who resides full or part time in Napa
  • All members of the Coalition must serve on at
    least one committee and provide a substantial
    level of effort in furthering the Coalition's

  • Mandatory monthly board meetings open to members
  • Committee meetings as needed
  • Periodic public input meetings
  • One on one and small group discussions with
    affected landowners
  • Publicly accessible website at

Landowner Concerns to Solve CRPL
  • Crime
  • Studies of existing trails show crime on trails
    is almost always lower than crime in the
    surrounding community
  • Implement best practices for the Vine Trail
  • Real Estate Values
  • Values around existing Trails are modestly higher
    and days on the market modestly lower
  • Make sure we have a robust maintenance program
  • Privacy
  • Work with landowners to provide site specific
    screening, fencing, etc.
  • Liability California Civil Code 846
  • No Liability to owner for public recreational use
    of private land
  • Exceptions
  • Willful malicious conduct by landowner
  • Owner invited guests
  • Users for whom or similar to whom the landowner
    has charged a fee
  • Provide Indemnification agreements, liability
    insurance coverage

California Civil Code 846
  • An owner of any estate or any other interest in
    real property, whether possessory or
    nonpossessory, owes no duty of care to keep the
    premises safe for entry or use by others for any
    recreational purpose or to give any warning of
    hazardous conditions, uses of, structures, or
    activities on such premises to persons entering
    for such purpose, except as provided in this
  • A "recreational purpose," as used in this
    section, includes such activities as fishing,
    hunting, camping, water sports, hiking,
    spelunking, sport parachuting, riding, including
    animal riding, snowmobiling, and all other types
    of vehicular riding, rock collecting,
    sightseeing, picnicking, nature study, nature
    contacting, recreational gardening, gleaning,
    hang gliding, winter sports, and viewing or
    enjoying historical, archaeological, scenic,
    natural, or scientific sites.
  • An owner of any estate or any other interest in
    real property, whether possessory or
    nonpossessory, who gives permission to another
    for entry or use for the above purpose upon the
    premises does not thereby (a) extend any
    assurance that the premises are safe for such
    purpose, or (b) constitute the person to whom
    permission has been granted the legal status of
    an invitee or licensee to whom a duty of care is
    owed, or (c) assume responsibility for or incur
    liability for any injury to person or property
    caused by any act of such person to whom
    permission has been granted except as provided in
    this section.
  • This section does not limit the liability which
    otherwise exists (a) for willful or malicious
    failure to guard or warn against a dangerous
    condition, use, structure or activity or (b) for
    injury suffered in any case where permission to
    enter for the above purpose was granted for a
    consideration other than the consideration, if
    any, paid to said landowner by the state, or
    where consideration has been received from others
    for the same purpose or (c) to any persons who
    are expressly invited rather than merely
    permitted to come upon the premises by the
    landowner. Nothing in this section creates a
    duty of care or ground of liability for injury to
    person or property.

Honoring the Donors
  • We need to develop create programs to recognize
    those landowners that make the Vine Trail
  • Reduction in property taxes for easement grants
  • Recognition on a trail donor wall
  • Annual thank you gift
  • Annual raffle
  • ???

  • The Engineering Committee will be responsible for
    producing a full cost estimate
  • A rule of thumb is that multiuse trails cost
    approximately 1 million per mile
  • Phase 1 is 22 miles so 22 million is our best
  • We believe that approximately half the cost can
    be funded with state and federal programs
  • Ongoing maintenance is estimated at 250 thousand
    per year including trail patrols, upkeep,
    insurance and an amortization for trail
    resurfacing every 9 years

Our Pledge
  • The process will be open and inclusive
  • No vineyard land will be taken out of production
  • All easements, use agreements, etc. will be
  • Provisions will be made for ongoing maintenance
  • The result will be as beautiful as our Napa Valley

Next Steps
  • Agree to have your organization join the board
  • Assign a board representative
  • Pick our monthly meeting schedule
  • Suggest community board members committee
  • Begin landowner meetings
  • Raise for engineering contract development