Moratorium on Wine Tasting Facilities Extended

Posted on October 4, 2018

At the City Council meeting of September 24, 2018, the City Council approved an extension of the interim moratorium on wine tasting facilities in the Plaza Retail Overlay Zoning District. The extended moratorium will expire on May 1, 2019. The purpose of the moratorium is to “push the pause button” on new tasting rooms in the Plaza area and allow the City the time to study and review policy issues, to determine whether new regulations should be placed on tasting facilities and if so, what these regulations would be.

In 2018, the City held a number of community outreach meetings, researched other jurisdictions and options, and held a policy discussion with the Planning Commission.  Unfortunately, with other priorities and overall workload, revised regulations were not able to be completed within the original moratorium time frame that expires on September 30, 2018. The City Council voted to extend the moratorium on wine tasting facilities in the Plaza Retail Overlay Zoning District for seven (7) more months. The extended moratorium will expire on May 1, 2019. It is the City’s intention to complete the analysis and have final regulations in place by the first part of 2019.

Additional details can be found in the staff report for the December 4th meeting and the Report on the Review and Development of Regulations Pertaining to Wine Tasting Facilities and in the Background information our Wine Tasting Room page.

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