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

Mindy Fogg, Interim Deputy Director: mfogg@countyofsb.org
David Lackie, Supervising Planner: dlackie@countyofsb.org
Jessica Metzger, Planner: jmetzger@countyofsb.org

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NEW! Upcoming Public Hearing
County Planning Commission

County Planning Commission
Monday, September 19, 2016
Planning Commission Hearing Room
123 East Anapamu Street
Santa Barbara, CA
Hearing begins at 9:00 a.m.

The order of items listed on the agenda is subject to change by the Commission.

Please see the posted agenda and staff report available on the Wednesday prior to the meeting here.

 

Written comments are welcome. All letters should be addressed to the County Planning Commission at dvillalo@countyofsb.org.

County Planning Commission

County Planning Commission
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Planning Commission Hearing Room
123 East Anapamu Street
Santa Barbara, CA
Hearing begins at 9:00 a.m.

The order of items listed on the agenda is subject to change by the Commission.

Please see the posted agenda and staff report available here.

A recording of the meeting can be viewed here.

 

 

Draft Final Environmental Impact Report

The County has prepared the Winery Ordinance Update to review the current zoning regulations pertaining to winery development. The proposed amendment to the Santa Barbara County Land Use and Development Code is intended to clarify and streamline the permit process for new winery development on lands designated for agricultural uses in the inland area of Santa Barbara County outside of the Montecito Planning Area. This environmental impact report (EIR) discusses the potential environmental consequences associated with the implementation of the Winery Ordinance Update.

The Draft Final EIR includes comment letters received on the Draft EIR and the County's response to those comments (Chapter 7). Text revisions in the Draft Final EIR respond to the adequacy and accuracy of the Draft EIR and add additional context, content, and clarity to the environmental analyses and technical appendices.

The next Planning Commission hearing will be on June 22, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. at the County of Santa Barbara Planning Commission Hearing Room, 123 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA.

 

The Final DEIR was revised on June 15, 2016 to incorporate minor revisions to the Executive Summary; Table ES-1. Summary of Impacts, Mitigation, and Residual Impacts, Chapter 3. Environmental Impacts Analysis; Table 3.0-2. Tier 2 Projects - County Active Projects that Could Impact the Winery Ordinance Update, and Appendix F - Traffic Study and Technical Appendices.

Please note, before printing, the above files are very large.

To purchase hard copies of the Draft FEIR contact: Bill's Copy Shop, 1536 State Street, Santa Barbara, (805) 564-4353 (please give 24 hour printing notice).

 

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 hard copies 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