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SVCAC to review winery guidelines

The Sonoma Valley Citizens Advisory Commission (SVCAC) is set to review a draft of guidelines for Sonoma Valley wineries dealing with issues such as overconcentration of wineries and tasting rooms, and number and type of events at wine facilities. The SVCAC meets on Nov. 18, 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. Also on the agenda is a review of a use permit modification from Donum Estate Winery on Ramal Road to allow for a 510-foot outdoor tasting pavilion. No increase in production, visitor capacity, or events is being requested at the 186- acre property. For years Sonoma County has wrestled with issues surrounding the growth of the wine industry and impact on county residents, prompting efforts to establish some guidelines for winery operations. Special areas of attention have been the Dry Creek Valley and Westside Road areas, and Sonoma Valley.

Over the last couple of years a group of stakeholders made up of community groups and wine industry representatives have been working to develop guidelines for new or modified wine-related use permit applications on lands zoned for agriculture. A draft of those guidelines has been developed and is winding its way through the county planning process.

The SVCAC, an advisory group made up of community members, will review the guidelines and give input to county planners. The guidelines touch on areas such as siting for wineries and tasting rooms, winery tasting room and events operating standards, definitions of different types of events, parking requirements, and more.

To get a copy of the Draft Sonoma Valley Winery Guidelines, email Georgia McDaniel at Georgia. [email protected] org.

To find out the Zoom access information for the meeting, contact Pat Gilardi at [email protected] sonoma-county. org.