FAIRFIELD — Whether Glashoff Farms can continue hosting outdoor special events such as weddings and graduations will be up to the county Board of Supervisors.
The Planning Commission decided Aug. 15 by a 3-2 vote that the Suisun Valley farm can keep its special events permit. Opponents going by the name Friends of Williams Road on Friday filed an appeal.
No date has yet been set for a Board of Supervisors to hear the matter. The two sides have attempted to negotiate a settlement and still could do so.
Glashoff Farms is located at 5353 Williams Road in upper Suisun Valley near the Napa County line. It grows berries, prunes, walnuts, oranges and other crops. It got a permit from the county zoning administrator in May to offer special events, with some neighbors objecting.
Solano County’s General Plan and Suisun Valley Strategic Plan talk about encouraging agritourism in Suisun Valley to help boost the farming economy. The Glashoffs have said having special events at their farm fits in with this vision.
“If I hold an event with 200 people, I bring 200 potential customers to Suisun Valley,” Larry Glashoff told the Planning Commission.
But opponents said the events bring noisy amplified music and too much traffic to a narrow, dead-end road with a blind curve.
The commission decided to allow the Glashoffs to host 12 events annually. Two events can have 160 to 200 guests, three events 120 to 159 guests, three events 75 to 119 guests and four events 74 or fewer guests.
Amplified sound must be turned off by 10 p.m. on weekends and 7:30 p.m. on weekdays, with the exception of some holidays. The four smaller events can have no amplified sound. The Glashoffs must have people with flags at two locations to guide traffic on Williams Road. There were other conditions as well.
Friends of Williams Road had attorney M. Kendall Hillman of Hillman & Lucas write a letter submitted along with the appeal. The group disagrees with the county’s view that current zoning allows the type and intensity of the Glashoff Farms special events in upper Suisun Valley, Hillman wrote.
But, to avoid litigation to require an environmental impact report, the group has proposed additional conditions to the permit, Hillman wrote. Among them are limiting events to 10 annually, three with 150 guests or fewer, three with 100 guests or fewer and four with 75 guests or fewer.
There would be further restrictions on amplified sound. If alcohol is served, the Glashoffs would get $1 million in liability insurance to cover possible property damage, injuries and death resulting from related accidents.
Hillman goes on to explain why his clients believe an environmental impact report is required.
Friends of William Road consists of Bruce Dorrough, David Hicks, Anne Hicks, Liz Hild, Mike Leiser, Virginia Leiser, Mike Leising, Nancy Leising, Tami Leutholtz, Doug Novotny, Kate Novotny, Chris Pray, Carolyn Sheldon, Warren Sheldon and Avery Greene, according to the appeal.
More than 20 people spoke at a packed Planning Commission hearing Aug. 15, some in favor of the Glashoff Farms permit and others against.
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