Tiered Winery Ordinance
WINERY ORDINANCE AMENDMENTS (POD-14-005)
On August 4, 2010, the Board of Supervisors approved Zoning Ordinance Amendments to establish a Tiered Winery Ordinance. A primary component of the ordinance was the creation of a Boutique Winery tier, which allowed for tasting rooms in conjunction with ongoing agricultural vineyard operations.
Since its adoption, a number of issues have arisen that affect the adequate implementation of the ordinance. Planning & Development Services (PDS) is working on draft amendments to the Tiered Winery Ordinance in an effort to clarify the intent of the ordinance and to resolve discrepancies with existing ordinance language.
Two public workshops were held, the first on January 17, 2014 and another on July 1, 2015. A draft Ordinance Amendment was provided on June 26, 2015 for discussion and comments. Based on input received from stakeholders and County Departments, staff has revised the draft ordinance amendment.
The revised draft ordinance is available for 45-day public review beginning October 9, 2015. Comments are due no later than 4:00 pm on Monday, November 23, 2015.
Comments may be submitted via email to Heather Lingelser
The public workshops were recorded and are available for viewing on the web at the following links:
A draft ordinance was provided to the public on June 26, 2015 for review and comment.
POD-08-012 (Existing Winery Ordinance Information)
On August 4, 2010 the Board of Supervisors adopted the Tiered Winery Ordinance an amendment to better regulate winery operations in the County with a tiered system of permitting depending on the amount of wine produced/size of the operation.
Planning Commission: April 25, 2010 and June 25, 2010
Board of Supervisors: August 4, 2010