Norfolk County Council asked Planners to consult further on proposed amendments to the Zoning By-Law related to as-of-right Farm Wineries, Breweries and Distilleries.
In October, Planners met with the Agriculture Advisory Board and the Tourism and Economic Development Advisory Board to receive input.
While the Agricultural Advisory Board supports streamlining local policies for farmers while respecting provincial regulations, it recommended that Norfolk County Council adopt amendments to the Norfolk County Zoning By-Law that permit as-of-right accessory uses to farm wineries, breweries and distilleries including restaurants, retail, wedding receptions, banquet halls and concerts (maximum six events per
year), acknowledging they are limited in size to two percent (2%) of a farm parcel to a maximum of one hectare (10,000 square meters) on all sizes of farm parcels, in all areas of Norfolk County. A farmer could still apply for a site-specific zoning amendment for larger-scale developments.
With further input, staff plan to return to Council in December for a decision.