PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Tour bus crosses Joe Rodota trail from Hwy 12 into Dairyman property

Tour bus crosses Joe Rodota trail from Hwy 12 into Dairyman property

FACTS ABOUT THE DAIRYMAN WINERY & EVENT CENTER

JJW Real Estate under the name of Joseph Wagner of Rutherford, Ca. has requested a use permit for a huge winery and distillery at 5150 Sebastopol Road (HWY 12) Santa Rosa just east of Llano Road. The projects includes:

  • Production of 500,000 cases of wine & 250,000 gallons of distilled spirits
  • 64 yearly events with up to 600 attendees until 10pm
  • 87,000 square foot of production and office areas
  • Public tours and tastings, 7 days a week, open 10-5 pm for retail sales

TRAFFIC, GREENHO– USE GASES AND SAFETY CONCERNS: In addition to weekly events with up to 600 guests, Dairyman will be trucking in 99% of their raw materials. This will result in huge amounts of greenhouse gas and traffic congestion on Highway 12 and across the Joe Rodota Trail that traverses their driveway.

Nearly 700 bicyclists and pedestrians enjoy the Joe Rodota trail daily. Dairyman’s driveway crosses the trail, which would create a safety hazard with trucks and cars continually crossing over from Highway 12.

~700 bicyclists & pedestrians enjoy the Joe Rodota trail daily. Dairyman’s driveway crosses the trail, which would create a safety hazard as trucks and cars cross over from Hwy 12.

A WINE FAMILY WITH CHECKERED REPUTATION: July 2013: The Wagner family was fined $1 million in the largest legal settlement in Napa winery history for exceeding the permitted production capacity at Caymus’ Rutherford winery; producing 20 times more wine than allowed by their permit.

Trucking in grape juice will require two hundred 6,000 gallon truckloads from other facilities from as far away as Lodi, California.  This means 400 crossings of the Joe Rotota trail by tanker trucks (in and out) and 400 entries from and onto Highway 12 each crush season.  Add to this the shipping and receiving of cases of wine which will require 1,566 transits of double tractor trailers annually.  With 32 employees and 15 part time workers, another 10,000 transits of private autos to the property will be required.  And, there will be approximately 7,800 transits of private autos for wine club and winery events annually!

Trucking in grapes will require 200 truckloads from other facilities. This means 400 crossings of the Joe Rotota trail by tanker trucks, and 400 entries from / onto Hwy 12 each season. Add to this the shipping and receiving of cases of wine which will require 1,566 transits of tractor trailers annually. With employees, another 10,000 transits of private autos to the property will be required. And, there will be approximately 7,800 transits of private autos for events annually!

ONE BILLION GALLONS OF WATER ANNUALLY: Dairyman will use that much water and more for their wine, spirits and weekly events. 30 gallons of water are needed to produce ONE GLASS OF WINE! We are in a drought with no end in sight and according to NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientists, there is one year of water supply left in our reservoirs, and our strategic backup supply, groundwater, is rapidly disappearing.

BIOTIC RESOURCES: Dairyman would be located in The Laguna de Santa Rosa, regarded as the county’s richest area of wildlife habitat, and the most biologically diverse. It is an important stopover on the Pacific Flyway and home to a wide variety of wildlife from more than 200 species of birds to endangered salmon, steelhead, salamanders and plants, mountain lion, bobcat, coyote, mink, badger, and river otter. This industrial production facility would have a dramatically negative impact on this sensitive environmental region.

COMMUNITY SEPARATOR: Such a large development in a community separator violates the intent of the greenbelt surround for urbanized areas. This converts Ag zoning into industrial bottling and distillery use, rather than Ag.

This project is the wrong size, in the wrong place at the wrong time!