Small winery rules could change

2013-07-10T10:30:00Z Small winery rules could changeFROM STAR STAFF Napa Valley Register
July 10, 2013 10:30 am  • 

The St. Helena Planning Commission will discuss its recommended changes to the city’s Small Winery Ordinance at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Vintage Hall.

The purpose of the ordinance is to allow small wineries on vineyard property and to support the continual agricultural use of the land and promotion of the wine industry in the city limits.

The current ordinance, drafted in 1999-2000, prohibits public events. The new ordinance would allow “retail sales rooms, visitor centers, dining rooms, kitchens and food service facilities.” The new regulations also would eliminate the requirement that a small winery be “subordinate” to residential use.

Commissioners say the proposed changes reflect the growing importance of direct sales and would make the city’s regulations more consistent with the county’s.

Commissioners have said they want to fine-tune the ordinance as much as possible before it reaches the City Council. They’ve invited the public, especially current and potential small winery operators, to give them feedback on the proposed changes.

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