A long-time Lodi family’s plans to build a winery and olive mill on the southwest side of town have been delayed indefinitely.
The San Joaquin County Planning Commission at its Jan. 16 meeting continued a public hearing on the Coldani Family Vineyards winery plans for the second time in as many months.
However, no date has been set for another hearing.
County Planner Mo Hatef said at the meeting that the Coldani family has requested an indefinite continuance while it settles ongoing litigation with a neighboring dairy.
The Coldanis are seeking permits to build a winery and mill in two phases over five years at the southeast corner of Kingdon and Thornton roads, southwest of Lodi.
The first phase plans include construction of an 11,050-square-foot building featuring a wineand olive oil-tasting room, olive mill, commercial kitchen, bottling area and a grape crushing area with an 800-square-foot crushing pad.
The second phase calls for a 1,500-square-foot storage building.
In addition, the Coldanis plan to hold 12 marketing plans a year, with as many as 125 guests attending each. No amplified music is planned at these events, according to the family.
The family’s project comes as the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors is considering a temporary prohibition on wineries submitting marketing event applications.
In September, supervisors approved drafting a 12-month moratorium on events such as weddings and concerts. The moratorium would allow the county’s Community Development Department to focus on drafting a new winery ordinance without the distraction of reviewing incoming event applications, supervisors said.
The current winery ordinance has sparked debate about whether marketing events are an essential part of winery operations.
Supervisors tabled the vote on the moratorium last Tuesday as Kerry Sullivan, director of the county’s Community Development Department, said a new ordinance could be on an agenda within four to six months.
The Coldanis own and operate the Coldani Family Ranch in Lodi, which produces Calivirgin Olive Oil. According to their website, www.calivirgin.com, the family has been farming in the San Joaquin Valley for more than 70 years.
A spokesperson for the Coldani family did not return phone calls by press time. Sullivan was also unavailable for comment.
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