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Summary of Winery Event Ordinance & Impacts for Community

Recap of Winery Event Ordinance – Supervisor’s Vote 3-2 “Usual Suspects” (Supervisor Hopkins, Gore & Rabbitt vote for wine industry interests, again). On March 14, 2023, the Board of Supervisors adopted the Winery Event Ordinance by a 3-2 vote. After approximately 10 years of debate, workshops, stakeholder groups and hearings, the approved Winery Event Ordinance …

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WWW Letter to Coastal Commission

Excerpt: “If Permit Sonoma staff had to wear emblems identifying their sponsors, like NASCAR drivers, we’d know why, out of the blue, the Planning Commission recommendations are being revised.” OUR Letter RE: Sonoma County Local Coastal Plan www.winewaterwatch.org March 7, 2023 Supervisor:  Susan.Gorin@sonoma-county.org; David.Rabbitt@sonoma-county.org; district3@sonoma-county.org; district4@sonoma-county.org; district5@sonoma-county.org California Coastal Commission: NorthCentralCoast@coastal.ca.gov Caryl.Hart@coastal.ca.gov RE: Adoption of Local Coastal Plan  Wine …

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UPDATE: 3-2 Supervisor vote for wine interests…Winery Event Ordinance Returns Yet Again to Sonoma Board of Supervisors

As many readers may recall, in December 2014 in response to community outcry, the Board of Supervisors directed staff to prepare options for updating policy on regulating winery events, particularly in the over-concentrated wine areas of Sonoma Valley, Dry Creek Valley and Westside Road, either as a zoning amendment or local event guidelines. Finally, after …

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Preserve Rural Sonoma County

Preserve Rural Sonoma County: We can’t let them get away with this!

Our community is at risk.  In fact, our entire county is at risk. Last December, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors rejected established land use planning policies of urban centered growth, transportation-oriented development, wild lands protection, and prioritization of affordable housing in favor of a Specific Plan allowing for large scale commercial and hotel development …

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