Board OKs zoning changes for winery, retail stores

A city board Tuesday amended zoning ordinances that would allow the sale of wine and the operation of wineries in most zones in Levelland.

The ordinances must now go before the city council for final approval.

The cityís Planning and Zoning Commission took that action after holding a public hearing that lasted nearly 40 minutes.

Farley Cook, co-chair, made the motion to amend the ordinance for B-2 and B-3 zones to allow a wine tasting facility, bulk storage of wine, brew pubs and wineries. The board also agreed that such uses must also be associated with retail outlets.

The board voted to allow wineries only in an Industrial Zoning District.

The vote by five members of the board was unanimous.

City Manager Rick Osburn gave the board an overview of grape and wine production in Texas.

Osburn said wineries and the operation of retail outlets are an ‘economic development issue’ for the  community.

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