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

David Lackie, Interim Deputy Director: dlackie@co.santa-barbara.ca.us
Stephanie Stark, Agricultural Planner: phone: 805.568.2048 or email: ststark@co.santa-barbara.ca.us

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New! Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report

Planning & Development Department is the lead agency for preparation of a program Environmental Impact Report for the County of Santa Barbara Winery Ordinance Update project. A first step in the EIR process is for the lead agency to prepare and distribute a Notice of Preparation to provide notice that an EIR is being prepared, and to solicit guidance from Responsible Agencies, Trustee Agencies, public agencies, organizations, and interested persons on the scope and content of the environmental information to be included in the EIR.  A Notice of Preparation (NOP) was issued on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 for a 30-day comment period ending Thursday, July 24, 2014.

Environmental Scoping Meeting
Planning and Development will conduct an Environmental Scoping Meeting on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 to provide an additional opportunity for the public to comment on the scope and content of the environmental issues to be addressed in the EIR.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 6:00 p.m.
St. Mark's-in-the-Valley Church (Stacy Hall)
2901 Nojoqui Ave., Los Olivos, CA
Environmental Scoping Documents

Public Comment Closes on July 24, 2014

Environmental Scoping Document pdf

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

Submit a comment

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.

Notice of Preparation pdf

Flyer pdf

 

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.

Documents

 

 

New! Cover Letter for 06-25-2014 releasepdf

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

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

New! 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

 

 

Update of Project Status and Timeline

Thank you for your continued involvement and interest in the Winery Ordinance Update project.  Below is an update on the status and timeline for the Winery Ordinance project. 

Staff is drafting a series of concepts that will be released to the public prior to our public workshop(s) that are scheduled to begin in late Summer 2013.  The draft concepts will summarize the main issues and contain a series of staff recommendations.  The draft concepts are a starting point to address the issues staff heard during public outreach and public hearings.  The purpose of the workshops will be to obtain public comment on the draft concepts.  After the public workshops have concluded, a consultant will conduct a traffic study.  During this time, the project planner will be on leave.  The Environmental Review Phase will begin in January 2014, followed by the Decision Making and Adoption Phase in Fall 2014/Winter 2015. 

Writing Phase - Late Summer/Fall 2013- Current phase

Traffic Study Phase – Fall 2013 to Winter 2014

Environmental Review Phase -Winter 2014 to Early Summer 2014

Decision Making and Adoption Phase– Fall 2014/Winter 2015

 

Documents

Existing Winery Ordinance and Winery Related Definitions PDF

Fact Sheet PDF

Budget Summary 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