FAIRFIELD — Planning commissioners will decide Thursday whether Glashoff Farms in Suisun Valley can continue having special events such as weddings, graduations and charitable event functions.
Barring a major last-minute agreement among proponents and opponents, commissioners will hear varying opinions on a controversial issue. Commissioners meet at 7 p.m. at the county Government Center, 675 Texas St.
The Solano County Zoning Administrator approved the needed permit after a May 16 hearing attended by 45 people. Opponents, concerned about traffic, noise, dust and other issues, filed an appeal. The county has issued notice to revoke the permit for alleged violations. County staff recommends modifying the permit terms.
Larry and Marie Glashoff are third-generation Suisun Valley farmers. Their 68-acre farm with berries, oranges, prunes and other crops is located at 5353 Williams Road in the rural valley west of Fairfield.
“Glashoff Farms is a beautiful setting for an outdoor California wedding,” the Glashoff website says. “Near the end of a quiet country road is our farm, surrounded by rolling hills and beautifully farmed land. The natural and cultivated landscape make it the perfect location for your outdoor event.”
The permit allows up to 18 events annually, with up to 200 people per event. Noise exceeding 65 decibels and glare are not to be present beyond any property line.
But some nearby residents say events generating traffic on a narrow road and said amplified music and lights simply don’t belong in a rural area with homes.
Doug and Kate Novotny filed an appeal. Sacramento-based law firm Remy/Moose/Manley submitted a letter on behalf of the Novotnys and Friends of Williams Road.
“While the residents support the county’s overall goal of encouraging agritourism in Suisun Valley, the upper Suisun Valley was not meant to be a tourist destination or area for large special events,” the letter said.
Opponents say events this summer have exceeded the 200-person limit and exceeded the noise and glare limits. Because of those claims, the county sent a July 31 letter to the Glashoffs saying the Planning Commission would consider revoking the permit.
Since the zoning administrator issued the permit, the county has done an environmental report on the project. As a result, it recommends the Planning Commission add such terms to the permit as having temporary traffic warning signs installed on event days at Williams and Suisun Valley roads and having traffic flaggers at two locations.
The Glashoffs and opponents to their plans tried to work out a compromise. County Resource Management Director Bill Emlen on Tuesday said differences remain.
“We’ll try to whittle things down the next couple of days,” Emlen said.
If that effort fails, the Planning Commission will make the call, at least for now. Planning Commission decisions can be appealed to the Solano County Board of Supervisors.
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