County Planning File PLN230026 (Use Permit Amendment)


SCH Number
Public Agency
San Benito County
Document Title
County Planning File PLN230026 (Use Permit Amendment)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
PLN230026 proposes to amend County Planning file PLN190010 to establish the new use of a wine tasting room only that allows for the service of wine and beer produced off site (Type 42 ABC License). Under the prior approval of Use Permit PLN190010 the applicant was allowed to run a winery with a tasting room for on-site product (Type 2 duplicate ABC license). The winery use will be discontinued as a result of PLN230026. The applicant will be limited to a maximum of 20 occupants at any given time per the San Benito County Division of Environmental Health (See condition of approval 21 of Resolution). The hours of operation will be from 11am to 5pm, Wednesday through Sunday.

Contact Information

Jonathan Olivas
Agency Name
County of San Benito
Job Title
Assistant Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Rani Douglas
Agency Name
Job Title
Contact Types
Project Applicant


Unincorporated San Benito County
San Benito
Southern California
Total Acres
Parcel #

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
§15301 (Existing Facilities) and §15303 (New Construction or Conversion of Small Structures)
Reasons for Exemption
The proposed project involves no expansion of a current or former use. The existing facility hosted a winery from 1977 to 1994 under UP 82-77, limited to 10,000 gallons annually. In 1994 the previous operations ceased. On May 15th, 2019, PLN190010 Use Permit for a winery and wine tasting room was approved by the San Benito County Planning Commission. The current project (PLN230026) proposes an amendment to PLN190010. This amendment proposes no expansion of the existing structure. It is a simple conversion of use to wine tasting room versus a winery/tasting room. Hazardous substances are addressed as a condition of project approval. The proposed use would not exceed the limits stated in State CEQA Guidelines §15303 as the wine tasting room is a similar intensity of use to that of a store, motel, office, or restaurant. As part of PLN190010 minor modifications of the inside of the existing structure have occurred to meet current Building Code as well as current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards. Under PLN190010 there were also exterior changes such as minor grading for parking and further ADA compliance as well. These activities are still in progress and are not part of PLN230026. This project also does not meet the requirements to qualify for State CEQA Guidelines §15300.2’s exceptions to Categorical Exemptions.
County Clerk
San Benito


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