Sheila Pell 11 a.m., Oct. 22
City of San Diego hopped up on craft breweries; proposing zoning changes to allow for tasting rooms
City ready to allow breweries to attach tasting rooms and other dining areas greater than 3,000 square feet.
Craft beer is big in San Diego. New craft brews are hopping up throughout the City and County. In recent years, San Diego's burgeoning craft beer scene has been featured by the New York Times and Esquire Magazine.
Now, even community planning groups and the City of San Diego appear to be jumping on the beer-wagon.
On April 11, San Diego's Planning Commission will consider an ordinance that will make room for tasting rooms and restaurants that are attached to breweries and other local alcohol manufacturers. The ordinance, which will eventually head to city council for approval, would allow breweries to exceed the 3,000 square foot limit that normal stand alone restaurants are allowed in most commercial and industrial zones.
"The proposed ordinance would allow manufacturers of malt beverages or distilled spirits to develop an accessory restaurant or tasting room that is greater than 3,000 square feet, but no greater than 25 percent of the total gross floor area dedicated to manufacturing use," reads a public notice on the hearing.
All environmental reports have already been completed and now all that is left are the city hearings and approval from the California Coastal Commission to allow for the accompanying tasting rooms in coastal zones.