From: Morrison, David
Sent: Thursday, June 20, 2019 5:05 PM
Subject: Small Winery Protection and Use Permit Streamlining Ordinance
On May 21, 2019, the Board of Supervisors directed staff to prepare an outline for discussion of a future ordinance focused on four areas:
A draft outline of an ordinance to accomplish these goals is attached here.
- Protect small wineries by allowing them to reasonably expand their business through the use permit process, in a way that isn’t cost and time prohibitive;
- Create a path that allows facilities operating under a Small Winery Exemption to transition so that they can fairly compete in the modern economy;
- Streamline the use permit modification process, so that County resources can be focused on more complex projects and policy issues; and
- Provide incentives for wineries to expand operations in the Airport Industrial Area Specific Plan (AIASP), to relieve traffic up valley and create shorter commutes for out-of-county employees.
You are being provided this outline as one of our key stakeholder groups. Your comments on this draft proposal would be greatly appreciated.
The draft outline, as modified by any public feedback, is tentatively scheduled to go back to the Board of Supervisors in late July for additional direction.
Please provide your organization's comments to me by July 11
, so that they can be incorporated into the staff report when this item goes back to the Board.
I am also available to meet with your group and discuss the outline anytime within the next three weeks and welcome the opportunity to discuss with you.
A draft ordinance is expected to go to the Planning Commission for recommendation in October, and to the Board for adoption in November.
I know that we all have busy schedules and vacations this time of year. Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter.
"David Morrison was reviewing staff priorities with the board in late Sept and when Limited Winery Ordinance was discussed the board opted to table it to an unknown date. Diane felt that this was a solution looking for a problem - and was definitely not what she expected or wanted to see.
SO - bottom line, between given a low priority prior to the firestorm and more pressing issues at hand - this one is off the radar for now."