Winery and Farm Brewery Zoning Text Amendment Project

4 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Placer County
Document Title
Winery and Farm Brewery Zoning Text Amendment Project
Document Type
EIR - Draft EIR
Present Land Use
The proposed project amends the existing Winery Ordinance that regulates wineries in the unincorporated portions of Placer County. All of the existing wineries, and current and pending farm breweries, are located in the western-central portion of the County. The proposed project is a County-wide Zoning Text Amendment and applies to multiple General Plan land use and zoning designations.

Document Description
Note: Extended Review Period The proposed project includes several text amendments to the County's 2008 Winery Ordinance, which regulates wineries in the unincorporated portions of Placer County. The draft Winery and Farm Brewery Ordinance language includes the following substantive changes to the current Winery Ordinance: • Add definition of"Farm Brewery" to the Ordinance • Amend "Winery'' definition to reference appropriate California Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) license • Add definition of"Tasting Room" to the Ordinance • Modify definition of"Event" in the Ordinance • Define new 10-acre minimum parcel size requirements for Production-only Facilities and Tasting Rooms • Create table outlining "Event'' allowances, maximum capacity, and use pennit requirement • Clarify hours of operation of all facilities • Update the potable water standards for facility water systems • Update the wastewater disposal standards for all facilities • Update the standards for facility access roadways • Add "Accessory Use - Restaurant'' as allowable land use subject to CUP The policy focus of the proposed Zoning Text Amendment is to preserve and protect farmland while also enhancing the economic viability of Placer County's agricultural operations and supporting the tenants of agri-tourism, which is a type of tourism that brings visitors directly to a farm or ranch. The Zoning Text Amendment is intended to balance the needs of various stakeholder groups and support the core principle that the primary use of the property is to cultivate and process agriculture in order to make a locally grown and value-added product.

Contact Information
Shirlee Herrington
County of Placer, Community Development Resource Agency
Lead/Public Agency
3091 County Center Drive, Suite 190
Auburn, CA 95603

Phone : (530) 745-3132

County of Placer
Project Applicant


38°94'11.53"N 121°10'68.14"W
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
SR 49, 65, 89, 174, 193, Hwy 80
Union Pacific Railroad
Auburn Municipal Airport, Lincol
Sugar Pine Reservoir, French Meadows Reservoir, Hell Hole Reservoir, Lake Tahoe, Lake Clementine

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Type
Other (No direct development)
Local Action
Zoning Text Amendment
Project Issues
Biological Resources Cultural Resources Cumulative Effects Noise Transportation Vegetation Wetland/Riparian
Reviewing Agencies
California Department of Conservation (DOC) California Department of Fish and Wildlife, North Central Region 2 (CDFW) California Department of Parks and Recreation California Highway Patrol California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC) Caltrans, Division of Aeronautics Central Valley Flood Protection Board Delta Protection Commission Delta Stewardship Council Department of Water Resources Resources Agency State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, District 2 California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Sacramento Region 5 (RWQCB) California Department of Transportation, District 3 (DOT)


Environmental Document
exec sum   PDF 932 K memo   PDF 753 K noa   PDF 868 K Winery and Farm Brewery Zoning Text Amendment Draft EIR Volume I of II (Chapters 1-15 & Appendices A - D)   PDF 21046 K Winery and Farm Brewery Zoning Text Amendment Draft EIR Volume II of II (Appendices E - G)   PDF 18378 K
Final Document(s)
0_Cover_TOC   PDF 297 K 1_Intro_ListOfCommenters   PDF 170 K 2_ResponseToComments   PDF 43127 K 3_RevisionsToDEIR   PDF 241 K 4_MMRP   PDF 240 K Appendix A_Noise Ordinance Enforcement   PDF 1423 K Appendix B_Traffic LOS Worksheets for I-80 Ramp Intersections   PDF 197 K NOA_FEIR   PDF 171 K
NOC   PDF 569 K
State Comments
2015072019_CalTrans_D3   PDF 1072 K RWQCB CValley 2015072019   PDF 1209 K

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