Project 8 Winery in Penryn recommended for approval by Planning Commission


Full production winery, restaurant and underground wine cave

Auburn, California – Placer County Planning Commission Transfer Project 8 Winery’s application to the Board of Supervisors with a recommendation for approval.

In an 8-hour meeting Thursday, the committee heard a staff report explaining the details of the project, the findings of the environmental report and information about amending the zoning text and conditional use permit to allow a large fully production winery, including wine production facilities, a tasting room and an attached restaurant within the premises. It is 75 feet high and a network of underground wine caves. The meeting included an extended public comment period.

6-1 vote

The planning committee cast three votes on the winery’s merits, which led to the Board of Supervisors recommending approval of the project.

The commissioners voted 6-1 to recommend ratification of the Environmental Impact Report and to adopt an amendment to the zoning text with amendments.

Recommended amendments to amend the zoning text included limiting height exceptions for large wineries that would produce more than 20,000 cases per year on large plots of more than 20 acres specifically. The third vote was 5-2 to recommend approval of the conditional use permit allowing the winery.

The project proposed by the applicant is BEM Inc. (Represent Lecavalier cellars) is a full-fledged winery, producing 50,000 cases of wine per year on 17.96 of the 44 acres at 7615 Callison Road in Penryn.

The Placer County Planning Services Division is scheduled to submit the Project 8 proposal to the Board of Supervisors this summer, at which time there will be an additional opportunity for public comment.

The full Planning Committee meeting can be watched on YouTube. (see below)

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