Defining winery guidelines still on county’s radar

Defining winery guidelines still on county’s radar

There’s been a lot to deal with the last couple of years for the county’s planning department, Permit Sonoma.

Fires, floods, affordable housing crises, land use and development plans for specific neighborhoods, zoning code updates, new vacation rental rules, numerous cannabis related regulations – the list is long.

Combine all that with Permit Sonoma’s limited resources and recent high staff turnover, and you have the recipe for relatively slow progress on some issues.

One of those issues is the well over 10 years of off-and-on discussions involving the development of new regulations and guidelines for winery activities, such as events, food service, and tasting rooms, as well as rules involving areas of potential winery overconcentration.

Numerous meetings between industry groups, community organizations, the Board of Supervisors, and county staff have taken place over the years, with limited tangible results.

All parties at one time or

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