Time Sensitive: May 19 BOS Policy Briefing
Important message from PRSC Co-chair Judith!
Incorporating wine industry proposed definitions increases both the types of visitor-serving uses and intensity of daily visitation. Reclassifying events as business activities allow permit holders, with previous limits on the number and scale of entitled uses, to greatly expand uses simply by saying they are a “business activity” or “trade event.” This semantic sleight of hand flies in the face of the County’s recent traffic studies that show many wine region roads are over capacity or nearing capacity thresholds. Increasing allowed visitation past 5 pm tasting room hours will result in significant noise impacts, and increasing the number of visitors may impact groundwater wells.
3. Out of Date Business Model: Doubling down on an out-of-date business model by eliminating broad categories of promotional uses from the definition of an event may not bolster the industry, and may actually harm our small family businesses.
Env Advocates: The long awaited Winery Event Ordinance policy briefing is ON for May 19 at 8:45 AM. We are reaching out for your support in writing an email to the Board of Supervisors. Apologies for the last minute nature of this request, but the County has posted very last minute information and we have been tracking it so comments can be relevant to potentially new policy directions!Email your letters to the BOS below on or before May 16th – cc: Tennis Wick and Georgia McDaniel Georgia.McDaniel@sonoma-county.org Supervisor emails below: Susan Gorin <firstname.lastname@example.org >, District4 < email@example.com >, Lynda Hopkins < firstname.lastname@example.org >, David Rabbitt < email@example.com >, Shirlee Zane < firstname.lastname@example.org >
See bove for the 1-pager with key concerns and sample letters attached: Choose whatever message resonates for your organization – “lack of environmental assessment for increased visitation” – need Ordinance with enforceable standards to prevent new areas of concentration and to create an even playin…
One objective of the meeting is to review the findings from the traffic, noise and groundwater studies. The Nov 2019 traffic studies have a number of omissions and deficiencies – and the Noise and Groundwater study findings have just been posted. Reports posted in alpha order on: https://sonomacounty.ca.gov/PRMD/Regulations/Winery-Events/Documents-and-Maps/T