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Preserve Rural Sonoma County Response to Business Journal article about Winery event centers and CACs

        Editor: Your recent cover story: “Path Forward for Winery Events,” outlines the issues and cumulative impacts of winery events on neighborhoods; yet neglects to mention that by appointing committees that let an industry group create its own development guidelines, the County has abrogated its obligation to write balanced standards that address underlying

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Napa County takes first step to rein in wineries that break the law

In recent years, industry opposition has been bubbling up, especially over greater traffic on Highway 29 and the Silverado Trail. In June, local voters narrowly rejected an amendment that would have limited vineyard development on hills and mountains to provide greater protection to the environment. Sonoma County officials are paying close attention to the actions

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Forbes: Sonoma Locals Continue to Struggle with New Winery Construction

Sonoma Locals Continue to Struggle with New Winery Construction By Liza B. Zimmerman What has long set Sonoma County apart from Napa has also made it special: a combination of the low-key, rural feeling, smaller wineries and lower—or sometimes non-existent—tasting fees. However, in the last few years, this bucolic region has been forced to deal

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Sonoma County Supervisors: Where’s that study you promised 3 years ago?

It’s been almost 3 years ago that the Supervisors promised a study on the impacts of events in this county. NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING FOR A NEW TASTING ROOM WITH EVENTS AND INTENT TO ADOPT A MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION WHO: Dominic Foppoli/Foppoli Family Vineyards has applied for a Use Permit for a new Wine Tasting

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New Napa Valley Book Grim About Direction of Valley, State

  By Mike Dunne in the Sacramento Bee A new book by an expert on the Napa Valley isn’t hopeful about the direction Napa has taken: water availability, traffic congestion, pollution and erosion in the valley, and corporate takeover of family wineries have denigrated what once was seen as an agricultural Eden. http://www.sacbee.com/food-drink/wine/dunne-on-wine/article202232974.html

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