County of Santa Barbara Long Range Planning Division

Winery Ordinance Update

Background


The County’s Land Use and Development Code currently regulates allowable winery uses and sets standards for development for special uses at wineries, such as wine-tasting, food service and events. Section 35.42.280 of the existing ordinance sets a three-tier permit track for such uses.

The project includes a review and potential amendments to permit requirements and development standards for wineries and associated activities. The project would more clearly define standards for (1) allowed tasting room and event activities; (2) food service, including the permitting of kitchen facilities in wineries; and (3) sale of wine related items. Ordinance revisions could also establish standards for reporting and monitoring, minimum premise size and planted vineyard acreage for wine tasting rooms and/or events, and parameters for assessing cumulative effects of proposed wineries.

Contacts

Matt Schneider, Deputy Director: mschneider@countyofsb.org
David Lackie, Supervising Planner: dlackie@countyofsb.org
Jessica Metzger, Planner: jmetzger@countyofsb.org

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NEW Draft Environmental Impact Report Release and Public Comment Hearing

A Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) has been prepared for the proposed Winery Ordinance Update by the County of Santa Barbara, which is the lead agency for the project. The Planning and Development Department is soliciting comments on the adequacy and completeness of the DEIR. The Winery Ordinance Update project amends the existing winery ordinance that regulates wineries located on agriculturally zoned land designated as rural or inner-rural and located in the unincorporated, inland portion of Santa Barbara County. The existing winery ordinance consists of Section 35.42.280 (Wineries) and Section 35.110.020 (Definitions of Specialized Terms and Phrases) of the Santa Barbara County's Land Use and Development Code. The Project addresses issues with tasting rooms, food service and food preparation, winery special events, neighborhood compatibility, and enforcement and monitoring. The DEIR evaluates the potential effects on the environment anticipated from the adoption of the project.

Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) Documents

Comment Link

The public comment period has closed.

To inquire regarding obtaining hardcopies of the DEIR contact: Bill's Copy Shop, 1536 State Street, Santa Barbara, (805) 564-4353

Draft SEIR Public Comment Hearing

The environmental comment hearing provides an opportunity for public input on the adequacy of the DEIR and potential significant effects of the project.

Thursday, June 25, 2015, 6:00 p.m.
St. Mark's in-the-valley Church (Stacy Hall)
2901 Nojoqui Avenue, Los Olivos

Note: All public comments, including comments submitted by email, are subject to the California Public Records Request Act (CPRA) as per Government Code Section 6250.

 

Environmental Scoping Documents

 

Environmental Scoping Document pdf

Draft Winery Ordinance Language 06-25-2014 (with strikethrough and underline)

The comment period has closed.

Notice of Preparation pdf

Flyer pdf

Powerpoint presentation from Environmental Scoping Meeting

 

Draft Winery Ordinance Language

Below are staff's proposed changes to Santa Barbara County's existing winery ordinance based on public comment we received during the outreach efforts.

Additional Documents

 

 

Cover Letter for 06-25-2014 releasepdf

Draft Winery Ordinance Language 06-25-2014 Revisions to 03-10-2014 release (with strikethrough and underline)pdf

Draft Winery Ordinance Language 06-25-2014 (without strikethrough and underline) word doc

Public comments on Draft Winery Ordinance Language 03-10-2014

Cover Letter for 03-10-2014 releasepdf

Draft Winery Ordinance Language 03-10-2014 (with strikethrough and underline) pdf

Draft Winery Ordinance Language 03-10-2014 (without strikethrough and underline) word doc

 

 

Documents

Existing Winery Ordinance and Winery Related Definitions PDF

Public Workshops - Late Summer/Fall 2013

 

Date Meeting Topic Meeting Location Meeting Agenda & Material Public Comment* (Closes 2 weeks after workshop)

Workshop 1
Thursday 8/29/13
6 - 8 PM

Introduce and discuss staff's preliminary conceptual changes to the existing winery ordinance.

St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley Church
Stacy Hall
2901 Nojoqui Ave Los Olivos, CA

Agenda
Handout 1
Handout 2
Existing Ord.
Mtg Flyer

Summary of Public Comments

Workshop 2
Wednesday 11/20/13
6 - 8 PM

Discuss staff's revised preliminary conceptual changes to the existing winery ordinance.

St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley Church
Stacy Hall
2901 Nojoqui Ave Los Olivos, CA

Agenda

Revised Matrix

Summary of Public Comments

 

*All public comments, including comments submitted by email, are subject to the California Public Records Request Act (CPRA) as per Government Code Section 6250.

 

 

 

Public Outreach Meetings Held August 2012 - February 2013

 

Date Meeting Topic Meeting Location Meeting Agenda & Material Public Comments

Initial Public Meeting:
Thursday 08/23/12
6 - 8 PM

Winery Ordinance

Santa Ynez Valley Marriott
555 McMurray Rd
Buellton, CA

Agenda
Mtg Flyer

Summary of Public Comments

Meeting 1:
Tuesday 11/27/12
4 - 6 PM

Tasting Rooms

Board Conference Room
105 E. Anapamu St
Fourth Floor
Santa Barbara, CA

Agenda
Materials
Mtg Flyer

Summary of Public Comments

Meeting 2:
Thursday 12/13/12
11 AM - 1 PM

Food Service

Santa Ynez Valley Marriott
555 McMurray Rd
Buellton, CA

Agenda
Materials
Mtg Flyer

Summary of Public Comments

Meeting 3:
Thursday 01/10/13
1 - 3 PM

Special Events

Public Works Conference Room
620 W Foster Rd
Santa Maria, CA

Agenda
Materials
Mtg Flyer

Summary of Public Comments

Meeting 4:
Monday
02/11/13
6 - 8 PM

Neighborhood Compatibility

St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley Church
Stacy Hall
2901 Nojoqui Ave, Los Olivos, CA

Agenda
Materials
Mtg Flyer

Summary of Public Comments

Meeting 5:
Thursday 02/21/13
3 - 5 PM

Winery Ordinance Structure, Permitting, and Monitoring & Enforcement

Board Conference Room
105 E. Anapamu St
Fourth Floor
Santa Barbara, CA

Agenda
Materials
Mtg Flyer

Summary of Public Comments