A request by Vinyl Vineyards LLC for a Conditional Use Permit (DRC2021-00086) to allow the development of an approximately 6,411 square feet (SF) winery facility that will include interior and exterior productions areas of 4,838 SF and 1,475 SF. The tasting room would encompass approximately 810 SF and would be located within the winery building. The winery’s initial annual production is anticipated to be approximately 2,500 cases with a maximum of 5,000 cases. The project includes a request for up to ten (10) winery events annually (including non-profits) with a maximum of 150 attendees. The project also includes a request for 10 camping sites that will be located in two locations that is suitable for tent and recreational vehicles. The applicant is requesting a modification Section 22.30.520.A.5 of setback standards that requires a 1,000-foot setback to property lines to allow a 250-foot setback from the northern property line and a 326-foot setback from the eastern property line. The project would result in approximately 6.3 acres of site disturbance on a 120-acre parcel, including 5,794 cubic yards of cut and 5,494 cubic yards of fill. The subject property is within the El Pomar-Estrella Sub-area of the North County Planning Area.
Expanded Project Description
The project includes a proposal for a maximum of ten (10) annual temporary events of up to 150 persons, as allowed by a Conditional Use Permit in conjunction with a winery tasting room. Events would be held at the winery and adjacent outdoor areas. These events would be separate from the winery activities that are not defined as special events (such as industry-wide events, wine club activities, or non-advertised gathering of less than 50 people). Events would include amplified outdoor music between the hours of 10 am and pm.
The proposed incidental camping would be placed in two locations west of the proposed winery. Campsites are anticipated to be available open for use seven days a week. The locations of the incidental camping areas have been specifically selected at the edge of an existing field along the northern portion of the site to enable the potential for future agricultural production. The campsites would be located within Class VII soils areas. Access roads to the sites have been designed in accordance with County Fire Department/Cal Fire standards and included the requisite turnarounds.
The camping areas would accommodate up ten (10) tent or self-contained recreational vehicles (RVs). Campsite improvements would include access road and turnaround pursuant to County Fire Department standards. The campsite area ground surface will be a natural, non-combustible, and porous materials to create a level area for pitching tents or leveling RVs. As a “dry” camping facility, water supply and portable restrooms, consistent with Health Department standards, will be provided, but no other utility or RV hook up services or connections (electric, water, or wastewater disposal) will be available. Camping supplies and resources will be brought in (and out) by campers.