• Petitioned Fauquier County Board of Supervisors

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Fauquier County Board of Supervisors

Vote NO for the proposed Farm Winery Ordinance

    1. Stephen Mackey
    2. Petition by

      Stephen Mackey

      Purcellville, VA

I am concerned that the proposed ordinance is unduly burdensome, will adversely impact the wineries and unnecessarily interfere with their ability to operate successfully.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Tedd Steele LINDEN, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      I'll never understand Fauquier BOS. They seem hellbent on keeping wineries to a bare minimum as it is. Do BOS have nothing better to do nowadays??? They should be helping wineries, not making life even more miserable than it is for these fine places....I live just down the street from a winery. I love it there, but after hearing the current state of affairs that F.C. imposes already, I'm against any further belt tightening that is imposed on these businesses already... Count me in!

    • Beverly Herdman CULPEPER, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      It saddens me to see that this was a major focus for CBS. Aren't there many other things to worry about than dramatically affecting such a wonderful industry? The atmospheres that these wineries create are not negative and are family oriented. There are not many places that a family can go, with dogs, kids, a picnic basket and invite a bunch of their friends to go with them and have a wonderful relaxing day. You can't decrease their ability to grow monetarily and expect them to be ok with not growing. I don't think many business's intentions are starting a business to not grow. These wineries have business plans and to restructure those plans is a setback for business in all aspects.

    • Angelia Gardiner HARDY, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      Our VA wineries should be supported, not penalized.

    • Barbara Glover OAKTON, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      I am a supporter of Virginia's farm wineries. These wineries do support the local economy. We have enough regulations. We do not need anymore

    • Frank Reilly STAFFORD, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      As a citizen and voter in Fauquier County I was amazed to read of the proposed Fauquier County Winery Ordinance. I have read the proposed ordinance, Staff report and Agenda Request. I admit that I am late in coming to the table with my comments, but I had not heard of this before. I am a reader of the Times Democrat, and do not recall seeing it mentioned there in an article. It seems that a far-reaching ordinance change like this one would deserve some public hearing. Although the Staff report indicates that public hearings were held, it fails to list the amount of participation, and as I already said I certainly did not hear about them.

      I am concerned with maintaining the character of our county. I chose to dwell in Fauquier because of that character. However, this proposed ordinance seems like a solution in search of a problem. Since the County did not bother to perform an economic analysis, it is unclear how it was decided that there was a problem with:

      • “…consumption of alcohol is occurring in proximity to the use of the County’s rural road network”

      • “…inappropriate intrusion of undue noise, light and traffic”

      In fact existing legislation clearly provides for alleviation of these problems. It is illegal to drink and drive, and noise ordinances are already established. Zoning already restricts the types of establishments in an area.

      This proposed ordinance seems arbitrary, and will no doubt be challenged in an expensive legal proceeding. How will Fauquier County prove that the numbers: “25 persons,” “2 events per month,” and “6 pm” for the closing time are not arbitrary and capricious when it has not taken the time to perform the necessary and required economic studies to prove that there is a problem, and that these numbers address the actual problem.


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