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New regulations brewing in Glenville

Micro-breweries and micro-wineries to be defined in town code

— An intoxicating business proposal has led Glenville to revisit its zoning laws.

The Glenville Town Board on Wednesday, May 16, approved holding a public hearing on Wednesday, June 20, on adding zoning text amendments regarding micro-breweries and micro-wineries to its Town Code. The addition was spurred by a “nano-brewery” seeking to open doors locally, but town officials realized there were not any clear regulations for such businesses.

“I think it is a good thing,” Deputy Supervisor Alan Boulant said. “It is businesses that are going to start popping up everywhere and I think it just helps us with our overall master plan.”

The Town Code would define a micro-brewery for production limited to no more than 10,000 barrels annually and a micro-winery would be limited to producing no more than 2,000 barrels annually. A barrel is equal to 31 gallons. Also, both classifications would allow for selling the product on or off site and on-site consumption would be limited to sample tasting by customers.

Micro-breweries and micro-wineries would also be added to the list of acceptable site plan uses for Rural Residential and Agricultural, Community Business, General Business and Research, Development and Technology zoning districts.

Some members of the town Planning and Zoning Commission had expressed concern the definitions were too broad and could unreasonably govern home brewers.

“If we are going to look at changing the zoning on this we should be very careful with it,” commission member Thomas Bodden said. “I don’t want to regulate people that don’t need regulating.”

Commission Chairman Michael Carr agreed with Bodden, and in its recommendation to the Town Board the Planning and Zoning Commission suggested the addition to address a minimum amount as well as a maximum amount.

Town Attorney Michael Cuevas said the definitions are based on state laws and regulations. Town officials also said the additions weren’t aimed at personal production and there would be no plans to enforce them as such.

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