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San Joaquin County supervisors delay Viaggo Winery deli decision

Viaggio owners request postponement to better describe their farm deli

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Posted: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 6:05 am, Wed Jan 9, 2013.

After a two-hour public hearing on Tuesday afternoon, a decision on whether an Acampo winery should be allowed to operate a deli and large agricultural store was postponed for a month.

Teri and Larry Lawrence, new owners of Viaggo Winery, requested a postponement until Feb. 12 so that they can provide greater detail of just what a delicatessen is, especially on a farm.

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  • Ted Lauchland posted at 7:16 pm on Thu, Jan 10, 2013.

    Ted Lauchland Posts: 261

    Input from several different established entities such as the Farm Bureau and others to give different perspectives of an application so as not to step on anyone toes and it includes legal toes before decisions are to be made are requested. This also includes individual input perspectives at the hearings. The delay is , I am sure, to allow more of this to surface before further action.
    My experience with planning commissions is that they will approve an application to move the project forward if there is no objections to consider. They are not experts in all fields by any means and value the additional information others can provide. The bottom line is that someone has to make a decision and that is the purpose of any board. The rest of us have to accept that decision right or wrong. Petitions that prove counter to a decision are valued to change that decision before, during or after it has been made.You have the opportunity to approve or deny any at any time.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 3:26 pm on Wed, Jan 9, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 502

    Mr. Bitz, SJ county and all the little towns it has jurisdiction over, like the Lodi planning commission, are often just appointments made as favors to the appointed board as a reward, favor, friendship, etc. to those who aren't capable of really holding this position but to render favorable decisions on iffy and sometimes controversial projects to satisfy the needs of those appointing them to expedite or push through projects of financial interest to certain appointees and their developer/contributors.

  • roy bitz posted at 11:01 am on Wed, Jan 9, 2013.

    roy bitz Posts: 503

    Hard to believe anyone on the planning commission ever read the Williason act and voted to approve this request.



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