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News: 01/15/2013

B.R. Cohn gets extension for concerts

The county’s Board of Zoning Adjustments (BZA) recently OK’d B.R. Cohn Winery’s two large charity concerts for another five years, as long as the concerts stay in compliance with county noise standards.

In 2008, the BZA determined that the two 3,000-person events should not run with the property’s winery use permit, and approved the music festivals for a five-year term which was set to expire in June of 2013.

The annual concerts have been going on for 26 years and have raised over six million dollars for charity over that time.

In the past, some of B.R. Cohn’s neighbors had complained about events at the winery, mostly regarding noise. In 2008, the BZA denied B.R. Cohn’s request to add a second concert weekend.

At the Dec. 20 hearing, no one spoke in opposition to the five-year permit concert extension, though planning staff had received one complaint from a neighbor regarding trespassing during the last concert weekend that took place in October. At the hearing, owner Bruce Cohn said he was not aware of any incident, and that security is always in place to prevent trespassing on adjoining properties.

The BZA approved a five-year extension of the concerts, until 2018. As part of their conditions of approval, B.R. Cohn is required to conduct an annual noise monitoring study, and it must show that noise generated from each concert day falls within the noise limits established by the county.

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