Supervisors approve 1968 Cellars rezone

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors approved a request from 1968 Cellars to rezone a 20-acre Rancho California property.

The supervisors’ 4-0 vote May 2 changes the zoning of the two legal parcels from residential agricultural 10-acre minimum to wine country equestrian. The rural residential land use designation was unchanged.

The property east of Pauba Road, southwest of Los Caballos Road and north of State Route 79 is within the equestrian district of the Temecula Valley wine country policy area. The rezone thus establishes general plan and zoning consistency while also allowing 1968 Cellars to pursue development consistent with the Temecula Valley wine country policy area and the zoning stipulations.

In 2013 the county supervisors approved a general plan amendment which created the Temecula Valley wine country policy area, and that action also included certification of a corresponding Environmental Impact Report. The May 2 action found that no new circumstances precluded the rezone from being approved under the previous EIR.

The county’s planning commission voted 4-0, March 15, with one absent member, to recommend approval of the rezone.

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