Feasibility Analysis on Tiered Winery Expansion

Project Contact: PDS.LongRangePlanning@sdcounty.ca.gov | (858) 694-2960

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On July 14, 2021, the Board of Supervisors directed the Chief Administrative Officer to investigate the feasibility of expanding the Winery Ordinance into additional Zoning Ordinance Use Regulations, such as Rural Residential, and to return with options to the Board for further direction. Rick Engineering (Consultant) is developing a feasibility analysis for the unincorporated area, which will analyze the feasibility of winery expansions into other zones that currently do not allow winery operations. This analysis does not modify or change the existing Tiered Winery Ordinance or process for applicants. Nevertheless, future actions may have an impact including to winery owners, employees, and the local community. 

This analysis will be coordinated with the Sustainable Land Use Framework project and will take vehicle miles traveled (VMT) into consideration. The final proposed feasibility analysis will  develop options to present to the Board to provide staff with further direction. The Consultant is collecting GIS data including, but not limited to, parcel level mapping of all current wineries, areas zoned Rural Residential, and agricultural lands. The analysis can inform potential code changes that could result in winery development in the unincorporated area into zones such as Rural Residential. 

Public Meeting #1

This meeting was held on 5/11/23 and was the first public meeting on the Feasibility Analysis Tiered Winery Expansion.

Public Meeting #2

This meeting was held on 1/10/24 and was the second public meeting on the Feasibility Analysis Tiered Winery Expansion. 

Document Available for Review

A draft Feasibility Analysis Report has been prepared, incorporating a summary of the local history of wine production, an overview of current industry trends and best practices, stakeholder insights, and a market and financial feasibility assessment. As a component of the report, Planning & Development Services has developed a range of draft options for potential expansion of the Tiered Winery Ordinance. 

Summary of Changes

Final Draft of the Feasibility Analysis on the Tiered Winery Expansion Report

To submit your comments, please email Rouya Rasoulzadeh at PDS.LongRangePlanning@sdcounty.ca.gov or call (858) 505-6677.

Project Timeline

July 14, 2021 Board Direction
May 2023 - January 2024 Research and Analysis
May 2023 - January 2024 Public Workshops
February 28, 2024 Board of Supervisor Hearing

For additional information, please contact the Project Manager Rouya Rasoulzadeh at Rouya.Rasoulzadeh@sdcounty.ca.gov