Group challenges boutique wineries

By Karen Brainard

The legal challenge to San Diego County’s Tiered Winery Zoning Ordinance continues as Coast Law Group on behalf of San Diego Citizenry Group filed its brief on Monday afternoon, appealing Judge Timothy Taylor’s April 15 ruling in favor of the ordinance.

Monday, Nov. 14, marked the last day of a 15-day grace period for Coast Law Group to file the brief, according to James O’Day, San Diego senior deputy county counsel. The original filing deadline for the brief was Oct. 27.

San Diego Citizenry Group is appealing Taylor’s decision to deny the citizenry group’s California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) challenge to the County Board of Supervisors’ approval of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the winery ordinance amendment project, according to O’Day.

The county counsel said the citizenry group is also appealing Taylor’s determination that it must pay $16,433.67, the cost to the county to prepare the Administrative Record for the case.

Chris Polychron of Coast Law Group on behalf of the citizenry group filed the appeal on June 10 with the Superior Court of California. It was received on June 22 by the California Appellate Court.

O’Day said he had spoken to Polychron as the Oct. 27 deadline approached and has been working on an appeal. The county, he said, will have 30 days to file a responding brief with a 30-day grace period. Coast Law Group will have a shorter timeline to file the reply and then the appellate court will schedule an oral argument, he said.

“I don’t anticipate this will be a quick turnaround,” said O’Day, adding that it could take months.

On Aug. 4, 2010, the county supervisors unanimously approved the tiered winery zoning ordinance and General Plan amendment that would allow boutique wineries by right to open tasting rooms on land with A70 or A72 agricultural zoning. Since the ordinance was approved, many boutique wineries in Ramona have opened tasting rooms and patios.

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Posted by Karen Brainard on Nov 16 2011. Filed under News, Ramona. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

1 Comment for “Group challenges boutique wineries”

  1. SoCal4All

    Here we go again. I've been watching this since the beginning. This has absolutely nothing to do with CEQA or the EIR. It has to do with residents in an agricultural zone not allowing an agricultural business to survive because the wineries are in their neighborhood, and a law group that doesn't want to be known as a losing law firm, so it's going to continue to do press the issue so they look like they know what they are doing.

    Residents inA70 and A72 need to realize that they are not in a residential zone. They are in an agricultural zone, and wineries are an agricultural business.

    I've been to the county meetings on this and not one resident of the opposition speaks of CEQA or EIR, I don't even think they know what it is, just that their lawyer tells them that's what they are filing for. What they are upset about are misconceptions that wineries are like taverns. So untrue, and so unfair.

    The demographics of patrons of wineries are that they are college educated, upper income, married, citizens. They are not going to bother the residents, so they need to stop being a ninny. They may even try going to one of the wineries and speaking with them to know what it 's all about before casting judgement. Ignorance is a dangerous thing.

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