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San Joaquin County supervisors vote to deny small winery

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Posted: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 4:15 pm

Chairman Ken Vogel broke a tie between county supervisors on Tuesday by voting to denying an appeal of the planning commission’s decision not to grant a Lodi woman permission to open a small winery near Highway 12.

On Oct. 22, the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors reached a 2-2 draw after hearing from Andrea Maley, who sought permits to open a winery on 2 acres of land along Davis Road.

Supervisors Bob Elliott and Carlos Villapudua voted in favor of Maley’s appeal, while Larry Ruhstaller and Steve Bestolarides denied the appeal.

With Vogel absent from the meeting, the decision was continued for more than a month to Tuesday, when Vogel tipped the scales and voted against the appeal.

“I know on my part this was not done lightly,” he said.

While the winery ordinance doesn’t restrict the size of land on which a winery can be built, some supervisors said Maley’s two acres wasn’t big enough.

“This site is not suitable for this type of development,” Bestolarides said during the Oct. 22. “This is a residential dwelling. It will be detrimental to the quality of life of the surrounding properties.”

Following Tuesday’s decision, Maley, who’s spent 32 years as a winemaker in the Lodi area, spoke about the current winery ordinance.

“They don’t tell you what size parcel you need so you’re shooting at nothing,” she said.

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