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VJB use permit meeting postponed, Loe firehouse cannabis dispensary hearing too late to cover

by Jay Gamel

Arequest by VJB Cellars to modify their use permit will not come before a public meeting until after the principals meet with county officials in mid-September to study county conditions being proposed for the project. Originally scheduled for July 22, the meeting was then set for Aug. 26, but again postponed at the county’s request.

The Belmonte family, owners of VJB Cellars, requested modifications to the use permit that would allow a commercial kitchen, patio food service, installation of a new septic system, and a 53-space off-site parking lot, removal of an option to expand hours of operation and host special events, as well as modifications to other conditions/mitigation regarding improvements on Shaw Avenue and Highway 12.

No date has been set for a public hearing before the Board of Zoning Adjustments.

New cannabis dispensary: Loe firehouse project

A Board of Supervisors hearing was set for 2 p.m. on Sept. 14 to hear an appeal of the county’s decision to allow a new cannabis dispensary at a former firehouse at the corner of Madrone Road and Arnold Drive in Glen Ellen. The project was approved 5-0 by the county planning commissioners on Apr. 8 despite objections by neighbors. An appeal was filed on Apr. 19 by local resident Paul Morrison, who asserted that county rules on distance from residences and setbacks, parking accommodations, fire and flood risks, among other things, were not properly addressed.

The results will be available in the next issue of the Kenwood Press.