Alcohol production/big event venues in AR and rural residential zones: ✔️by PHED Committee under proposed ZTA 18-03.
MCA attended both Council Committee sessions. The following responds to the Committee action and follow-up correspondence that the many letter writers (THANK YOU!) have received from Committee members. Please watch for an upcoming action alert from us prior to the full hearing on this matter that will take place, we are told, in September. More emails, calls etc. will be needed.
The photos above depict the cautionary tale from Frederick County where a single venue hosts 10-12,000 people daily at festivals throughout the growing season. It was Ed Boyce of wonderful Black Ankle Vineyard in the top photos (now establishing a vineyard in the Reserve) who warned of this potential problem, which he added significantly dings other nearby businesses with snarled traffic and loss of rural atmosphere that is their central draw. Take note: many millions of dollars (taxpayer and private) have been spent (payed to farm owners) to acquire easements to ensure that Reserve farmland will be saved from loss to development... in order that we may continue to conduct farming.
How do we save farming by not farming and promoting conflict with the central purpose of the Ag Reserve?
The answer: You don't.