2.1 Dealt with Micro-Craft Breweries
The amendment to the existing zoning will allow up to 15,000 barrels to be produced per year for a type 23 ABC license and 5,000 BPY for a type 75 ABC lic.
This applies to "consumption on site" types of businesses, not breweries looking to sell to the mass market.
Ken Mayes spoke on this topic. His concerns were about water use, though he started off by reading some history about the town's founders' desire to make Wildomar a perpetual dry area in the years leading up to Prohibition.
So much for attempting to control others after your days are over.
"What's the benefit to the community of producing a product that will use imported water, imported ingredients —as barley and hops are no longer local crops, there's nothing unique about any beer that can be produced here. They could all be brewed somewhere where there's plentiful water, and sold in any bar."
Let me step in here Kenny.
We can certainly extend that same logic to everything. Why have anything in Wildomar when we can easily drive to a neighboring city to purchase goods and services?
He then mentioned that the water consumption of a micro-brewery is akin to a laundromat, and how we don't even have a laundromat.
When it was the commission's turn to chime in, Stan Smith suggested, "About the laundromat, what if we had a micro-brewery in the laundromat? While you washed your clothes you could drink beer."
That sounds like a great new business
Planning director Matt Bassi was asked if there were any applicants considering opening a micro-brewery at this time, and his answer was, "Officially no, but they're coming."
Before voting 3-0 to approve this, Commissioner Stan Smith shared a tender story with those in attendance.
"That reminds me of a story that a lady had written to her sons that their father had died. She said, that he had worked at the local brewery and he had fallen into the mix and drowned. They tried repeatedly to pull him out and he kept fighting them off."
2.2 Sign Regulations
This one was one of those that ended on a double negative.
The "yes" vote was to "not" recommend that the council approve the amendment, with the vote going 2-1 (Langworthy and Lloyd against the amendment and Smith for it).
This will still be going to the council where I'm betting that they will override the Planning Commission's recommendation (or lack thereof).
It potentially affects any business center within 600 feet of the freeway. Walmart has already said they aren't interested in such an LED sign.
If this zoning ordinance amendment is approved by the council, it would allow existing places (like Stater Bros or Albertson's) to consider installing such a sign too.
Specifically mentioned was the soon to come Wildomar Square, wanting to put in a sign that has a 200sf LED board in its freeway sign.
|Artist's rendition of sign, with a mockup of what it would look like at night.|
I'm no fan of billboards, but this is just a sign and hardly different than the one that Stater Bros has on the northwest side of Clinton Keith. The only difference is that the LED portion of it allows for a changeable image.
|This was amended to change the dark period to 9:30pm-6:30am.|
I'm wondering if such "community messages" would include info about coming city/parks events like the one below?
Planning Director Report
Matt Bassi mentioned several items of interest.
• Office building on Clinton Keith and Palomar is under reconstruction/remodeling. It's new name is to be "The Barn."
• Wildomar Square moving forward with 4 of the 8 buildings nearing construction approval.
• Lennar/Briarwood project on Prielipp and Elizabeth is moving ahead. 50% of the homes have already been sold.
• Griffin Homes in The Farm have complete 2 of 4 phases.
• Richmond America on Palomar (Chaparral at The Ranch) has models finished.
• The Grove Park development has had interest from a commercial broker (Yamas and Clinton Keith).
• Among several other things in the early stages.
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