Sen. Dodd Legislation will allow Napa Housing Project to Move Forward

Friday, February 8, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, introduced legislation today that will allow the long-sought Napa Pipe mixed-use development to proceed, bringing much-needed low-income housing to address the regional housing crisis.

“Napa desperately needs affordable and market-rate housing to help address our workforce needs and reduce commute traffic,” Sen. Dodd said. “This bill will allow the city and county to work together to get critically needed housing built.”

The 154-acre Napa Pipe project, which calls for 945 housing units over several phases and a retail development, is spread across two jurisdictions – the city of Napa and Napa County. Senate Bill 235 would authorize the two public entities to enter an agreement to share credit for building homes in mandated annual reports to the Department of Housing and Community Development. The County of Napa, with support from the City, had requested the change in state law.

“This legislation will help get housing built sooner,” Napa Mayor Jill Techel said. “It’s the solution we need to help the Napa Pipe development to occur, and I appreciate Sen. Dodd for responding to the needs and requests from his local governments.”


Senator Bill Dodd represents California’s 3rd Senate District, which includes all or portions of Napa, Solano, Sonoma, Yolo, Sacramento, and Contra Costa counties. You can learn more about Senator Dodd at