By Miriam Raftery
January 16, 2014 (Ramona) – The County is considering changes to its zoning ordinance for boutique and small wineries. But local vintners say the added regulation could crush our region’s growing wine-making industry. Concerned winery owners are meeting tonight to discuss the issues. View latest revisions here. On Friday at 10 a.m., a meeting with County planners will be held in the County Operations Center, 5520 Overland Road San Diego in the Planning Commission chambers.
Teri Kerns is president of Ramona Ranch Winery and editor of the Ramona Valley Wine Region Magazine. In a letter to Joseph Farace at the County’s Planning and Development Services, she writes that the proposed changes “will destroy our new industry” if adopted and would be “the most restrictive grape-growing, farming, and wine-making ordinance in California.”