Save Temecula Wine Country From Harmful Development Projects

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Target: Riverside County of Board of Supervisors

Goal: Protect Temecula Valley’s wine industry from encroaching development interests.

Located just between San Diego and Orange counties, the city of Temecula has long been known for a wine industry that is considered among the most significant in California outside of Napa. However, this region is being threatened by decisions being made by the California Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors, as well as Riverside County itself. These two bodies are at work to encourage development interests that are entirely incompatible with the agricultural needs of Temecula’s wine country.

Vineyards are an essential asset to this region, not only producing world class wine grapes, but providing many other tangible benefits to the Temecula Valley. These include providing noise and traffic buffers for residents, providing jobs for those living in Temecula and neighboring cities, and creating a large amount of tax revenue via the growing agro-tourism industry.

Should an increased emphasis on development be allowed to continue within the Temecula Valley, the region’s wine industry may end up either crippled or fade away entirely. The resulting loss of revenue, as well as the impact on a historically significant aspect of the region, would far outweigh any gains to be had from an increase in development projects, such as the Cavalry Chapel’s planned school expansion into wine country.

These projects seem innocuous but the limitations these developments place upon pest control measures and crop fertilization significantly restrict vineyards. With too much surrounding development it simply becomes economically nonviable to maintain a vineyard in the region.

Rancho Cucamonga, in San Bernardino County, once boasted a similarly laudable wine industry before suburban over development forced that industry into a civic footnote. The same must not be allowed to happen in Temecula. Ask that protective measures must be taken to limit developers from encroaching upon wine country and harming the sensitive agricultural industry in the region.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Riverside County of Board of Supervisors,

Temecula is known as the “gem of the valley” for many reasons. One of the greatest of these would be the lauded wine industry that is perhaps of greater renown than any other in California aside from Napa Valley. This wine industry has been a hallmark of the Temecula Valley for long enough that the region is referenced as “wine country” by many. Sadly, this region  is being threatened. Governmental bodies are at work to encourage development interests that are entirely incompatible with the agricultural needs of Temecula’s wine country area.

These wine vineyards are an essential asset to the region. Not only do they produce world class wine grapes, but they also provide many other tangible benefits to the Temecula Valley. These include such things as providing noise and traffic buffers for residents and providing jobs for those living in Temecula. They also generate tremendous tax revenue via the growing agro-tourism industry.

Increasing the emphasis on development beyond that which would have been allowed in the past is a mistake that could result in the region’s wine industry ending up either crippled or eradicated entirely. The resulting loss of revenue, as well as the impact on a historically significant aspect of the region, would far outweigh any benefit that would be culled from an increase in development.

Many of these projects, such as the Calvary Chapel’s planned school expansion, seem innocuous at first glance. Unfortunately the limitations these developments place upon pest control measures and crop fertilization have a tremendous impact. With too many restrictions due to surrounding development it simply becomes economically nonviable to maintain a vineyard in the region.

Rancho Cucamonga, in San Bernardino County, once possessed a wine industry of similarly high esteem. Unfortunately suburban over-development forced that industry into a civic footnote. The same cannot be allowed to happen in Temecula. Protective measures must be taken to limit developers from encroaching upon wine country and harming the sensitive agricultural industry in the region.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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2 Comments

  1. While I agree with your comments completely you would improve your credibility by fact-checking some of your statements i.e., Temecula Wine Country is not in the city of Temecula but in the County of Riverside. Therefore, Mayor Washington has no more authority to affect the judgments of the Riverside County Planning Commission and/or Board of Supervisors than any other citizen of the county. What and/or who is the is the California Planning Commission? The City of Murrieta is has adopted the name “Gem of the Valley not Temecula. Otherwise, all good points but they should be addressed to the true decision makers.

  2. Chuck Washington says:

    As the Mayor of Temecula, I have no jurisdiction over this process since all of the Wine Country is outside of the Temecula City Limits.

    Please remove my name from your article and from your petition.

    Chuck Washington, Mayor
    City of Temecula

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