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Alameda County, CA,

Albert Lopez
Planning Director

Microbrewery Ordinance

Project Description

Proposed amendments to the County's Zoning Ordinance would provide definitions for microbreweries and microbrewery related uses; and would allow for the development of microbreweries and microbrewery related uses on lands that are zoned A (Agriculture), consistent with the County's General Plan. Also, the proposed amendments define agri-tourism; and add a definition for tasting room (on-site) that would apply to tasting rooms for wineries, olive oil mills, and microbreweries.

California Environmental Quality Act Document Now Available for Review

A Notice of Intent to Adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration (NOIA) and an Initial Study/draft Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) for the proposed Microbrewery Ordinances were released on August 29, 2017 for a 30-day public review period which will end on September 29, 2017. The Board of Supervisors will consider adopting the IS/MND on November 21, 2017.

Public Meetings

The ordinance adoption process will require presenting the draft ordinance at public meetings in all of the affected communities. The table below contains a tentative schedule for these meetings. Staff is awaiting confirmation of placement on the agendas for these meetings.

September 11, 2017
Castro Valley Municipal Advisory Council
September 13, 2017
District 4 Agriculture Committee
October 2, 2017
Planning Commission
November 6, 2017
Transportation and Planning
November 7, 2017
Board of Supervisors - First Reading
November 21, 2017
Board of Supervisors


Staff Contact

Sharon Grewal, AICP
Alameda County Planning Department
224 West Winton Avenue, Suite 111
Hayward, CA 94544
Phone: (510) 670-5428
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