FAIRFIELD — Larry and Maria Glashoff ended the dispute over having special events such as weddings at their Suisun Valley farm by withdrawing their use permit request.
That prompted the county Board of Supervisors to cancel a hearing scheduled for Tuesday evening. The county so far had upheld the Glashoff’s use permit. The board was to hear an appeal by neighbors who said the events cause too much noise because of amplified music and announcements and bring too much traffic to a narrow, dead-end rural road.
Maria Glashoff said she withdrew the permit application because opponents said they would sue, should the Board of Supervisors uphold the permit. A defeat in court could leave Glashoff Farms having to pay the legal bills of the opponents, she said. Glashoff Farms might be told to do an environmental impact report, she said.
“I can’t afford to get sued,” Maria Glashoff said.
She’s turned away people who want to hold special events at Glashoff Farms next year, she said.
The Glashoff Farms permit has been controversial. Twenty-three people signed a petition saying the large events disrupted the quality of life “in this intimate and unusual corner of Suisun Valley.” Others spoke out in favor of the Glashoffs.
Carolyn Sheldon on Tuesday said the noise from some of the events rattled the windows of her Suisun Valley home, though the Glashoffs did try to address noise issues. The hills in the Williams Road area creates a natural amphitheater, she said.
“I’m glad we’ve come to this point,” Sheldon said after the Glashoffs withdrew their permit. “Certainly, I don’t want to control what anybody’s doing in the valley. But it shouldn’t be a circus, either.”
She’s taking a wait-and-see attitude as to whether the issue is truly resolved, Sheldon said.
“I would hope this little community would begin to come back together again and be the same, helpful, neighborly people that have always been here,” Sheldon said.
Solano County Supervisor Jim Spering on Tuesday said he’s disappointed the hearing was canceled. Spering’s 3rd District includes the Williams Road area of Suisun Valley.
“The hearing was the opportunity to work with the neighbors,” Spering said.
Solano County in its General Plan and Suisun Valley plan listed the goal of promoting agricultural tourism in Suisun Valley. Spering said the Glashoff Farms events offered the chance to showcase the valley.
Larry and Maria Glashoff run Glashoff Farms at 5353 Williams Road in upper Suisun Valley. They farm walnuts, oranges, prunes and other crops. In the spring, they got a permit from the county zoning administrator to have special events at the farm.
“Our intent with this project was to add an enterprise to our farming operation that would help our small family farm survive and prosper,” Maria Glashoff wrote in the permit withdrawal letter.
Opponents appealed the issue to the county Planning Commission. The Planning Commission on Aug. 15 denied the appeal, though it modified the conditions of the Glashoff permit. For example, it said Glashoff Farms can have 12 events annually, two with 160 to 200 guests, three with 120 to 159 guests, three with 75 to 119 guests and four with 74 or fewer guests.
That set the stage for the appeal to the county Board of Supervisor and the hearing that ended up being canceled.
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