Rural Alliance on Winery Event Ordinance

Letting the wine industry (Tennis Wick, Northbay Business Journal) write their own event ordinance is bad government. Time for a moratorium until this long stalled ordinance is completed fairly.

May 7, 2018

Dear Chairman Gore & Sonoma County Supervisors


We at the Rural Alliance are adding our voice to the many individuals and organizations who urge you to suspend the permitting of alcohol related event centers and to then develop a comprehensive ordinance to clearly regulate such centers throughout Sonoma County.


Furthermore, we do not support the idea that citizen advisory groups will be able to adequately address the environmental and land use impacts of the proliferation of winery, brewery or distillery event centers. This is clearly a task for the expertise of PRMD and the Board of Supervisors with significant public input.


For almost four decades the Rural Alliance (formerly Western Sonoma County Rural alliance) has actively supported the protection and preservation of our rural communities and landscapes and advocated for responsible and sustainable land use development.


We respectfully urge the Board to consider an event center ordinance a high priority and to suspend further permitting until such an ordinance is adopted.



Catherine Sharp

Dian Hardy

for the Rural Alliance Board



cc: Tennis Wick