Preserve Rural Calistoga - Keep Rural Residential Zoning

Preserve Rural Calistoga - Keep Rural Residential Zoning

March 6, 2020
Petition to
Calistoga Planning Commission & City Council
Signatures: 700Next Goal: 1,000
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Why this petition matters

Started by We Love Calistoga

What's at stake....

Loss of  rural land to suburban development

The Yellow Rose Ranch

The True Life Companies, based in San Ramon, California, proposes to develop the 46-acre Yellow Rose Ranch, which is currently zoned as Rural Residential (one home per acre), into a development of 152 homes — 122 single-family homes and 30 duplexes. (not including any accessory dwelling units that may be added later).

Why The True Life Companies' proposals don't work for Calistoga

Some of the reasons we oppose it...
​-Rural character of the gateway to town, including views stretching towards Napa River and Blossom Creek of fields, Palisades, and Mt. St. Helena, would be affected.

-The zoning should NOT be changed from Rural Residential.

-The number of housing units does not fit current Rural Residential Zoning of one home per acre.

-Affordable housing needs are not met by homes in these proposals — these would not be in the market for most Calistogans.

-Safety considerations, especially wildland fire safety and emergency evacuation needs, are seriously impacted by development of this size.

-Traffic impact of the proposed development will not be alleviated by the addition of a traffic signal at the corner of Petrified Forest Road and Foothill Blvd.

  • With a light at the corner, traffic will be 40% less congested than it is currently, if there is no development at Yellow Rose Ranch.
  • With a light at the corner, traffic will be 20% more congested than it is currently, if the development at Yellow Rose Ranch is allowed to continue (without the addition of potential Accessory Dwelling Units).

-Water overuse

-Environmental impacts have not been studied

-Approval sets a precedent for other changes to surrounding rural properties, which would amplify the problems outlined above even further.

-Historical significance of the property, including the barn — the last remaining undeveloped portion of the Cyrus Ranch, originally established in 1849.​

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Here’s what else you can do to help:


-Forward this petition to other Calistogans who share our concerns.

-Become familiar with Calistoga's General Plan, especially the section on Land Use. You can find it here, on the City of Calistoga website:


-Stay informed — sign up to receive City Council and Planning Commission agendas! Call Irene at City Hall at 942-2805 or email: to sign up.


-Write or email the Calistoga Planning Commission: 


Mail to:

City Hall -Attn: Planning Commission 
1232 Washington Street
Calistoga, CA 94515 


-Write or email the City Council members:

Mayor Chris Canning -
Vice Mayor Michael Dunsford -
Councilmember Gary Kraus -
Councilmember Irais Lopez-Ortega -
Councilmember Donald Williams -

Mail to:

City Hall - Attn. Mayor and/or City Council
1232 Washington Street
Calistoga, CA 94515 


-Write or email:
Planning & Building Director, Lynn Goldberg- 707-(942-2763) or by clicking:

Senior Planner, Zach Tusinger  - (707) 942-2830 or by clicking:


Write letters to:
The Calistoga Tribune - email: or Calistoga Tribune, P.O. Box 1176, Calistoga, CA 94515 or fax them to 707.942.6508

The Weekly Calistogan -
 or call: 707-226-3711


-Attend a Planning Commission meeting, on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month, 5:30 PM at the Community Center.
After Roll Call and the Pledge of Allegiance, the public is permitted to address the Commission on items of interest to the public that do not appear on the agenda. 
Comments should be limited to three minutes. 
The Commission cannot consider any issues or take action on items raised during Public Comments. 


-Consider a run for City Council. Three positions on the council will be up for re-election in November 2020.


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Please Keep Yellow Rose Ranch Green!

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Signatures: 700Next Goal: 1,000
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