- Winery ordinance at a glance
Current ordinance: Wineries can provide parties, entertainment, wedding receptions and fundraisers on their grounds as long as county approves them.
Proposed ordinance: No more parties or other "marketing events" would be allowed. Those who have had their applications approved would be grandfathered in, but they wouldn't be allowed to expand the number of events in future years.
Who decides whether parties will be restricted? The San Joaquin County Planning Commission will have a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. and possibly vote that night on the ordinance change. The commission's decision can be appealed to the Board of Supervisors.
How long the revised ordinance would remain in effect: Until or unless the Board of Supervisors changes it.
For more information: Call county Community Development Director Kerry Sullivan or planner Mo Hatef at 209-468-3121.
— Ross Farrow
Posted: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 3:11 pm
Some local vintners gathered Wednesday to learn more about a county proposal some contend will reduce land values, cut jobs and reduce area tourism.
An estimated 100 people jammed a Holiday Inn Express conference room on Kettleman Lane on Wednesday morning to hear about the proposal, which would restrict the ability of some wineries to stage events, such as weddings and receptions.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 3:11 pm.