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) held workshops on January 17, 2014 and July 1, 2015 in
order to gather information and comments to utilize in formulating
the proposed amendments to the Tiered Winery Ordinance.
PDS has prepared draft Ordinance
amendments in order to resolve discrepancies with existing ordinance
language. These amendments would not change the purpose or intent of
the Ordinance, but have been proposed to eliminate any ambiguity in
the requirements for different winery types and to strengthen the
County’s ability to document compliance with the Ordinance.
This draft document is available
on the PDS website here.
Written (or email) comments on
the proposed draft ordinance must be received no later than Monday, November
23, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (a 45 day public review period). For
additional information, please contact Heather Lingelser at (858)
495-5802 or by e-mail at email@example.com
To view the documents associated
with the adoption of the Tiered Winery Ordinance, click here.
Feel free to call or email
Heather Lingelser if you would like to be added to our stakeholder
list to receive future notifications.