Sponsor: Meeting Date:
Peter B. Schwartz, Marshall District Supervisor July 12, 2012
Staff Lead: Department:
Kimberley A. Johnson, Zoning Administrator Community Development
The Fauquier County Farm Winery Ordinance: Zoning Ordinance Text Amendments to Sections 3-318, 5-1810, 6-102, 6-400 and 15-300 of the Fauquier County Zoning Ordinance
Topic Description:
The proposed text amendment modifies the County's existing Zoning Ordinance regulations related to Farm Wineries.   The existing regulations and long-standing interpretations allow Farm Wineries to grow grapes, manufacture wine, sell and store wine and incidental wine items, and also allow the tasting and consumption of wine on-site.   The existing regulations require Farm Wineries to secure special permit or special exception approval for events.   The proposed regulations continue to allow Farm Wineries to grow grapes, manufacture wine, sell and store wine and incidental wine items and allow the tasting and consumption of wine on-site.  In addition, the proposed regulations allow each Farm Winery to have two events per month by-right during regular business hours (up to 6:00 p.m.), provided there are no more than 25 ticketed/reserved participants, or in lieu of one of these 25 person events each month, a Farm Winery may serve food to the general public. Extended business hours (up to 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. certain times of the year) and one additional event per month limited to 150 ticketed/reserved participants may be authorized by Administrative Permit subject to certain limitations and standards.   Larger and more frequent events for 200-500 persons can be authorized by Special Exception under the proposed Ordinance. 
Requested Action:
Conduct the Public Hearing and consider adoption of the attached Ordinance.
Financial Impact Analysis:
No financial impact analysis has been conducted with respect to impact on the County's fiscal status. The economic impact of the Ordinance on Farm Wineries has been considered in development of the Ordinance, as detailed in prior staff reports on the issue.
Identify any other Departments, Organizations or Individuals that would be affected by this request:
Farm Wineries
Neighbors of Farm Wineries
Agricultural Development Department

Staff Report
List of Fauquier County Wineries
Ordinance (Rev2)