December 6, 2016 LAKEPORT, Calif. – The Board of Supervisors of Lake County heard an appeal today about their planning commission approvals regarding an environmental impact report and permits for a new vineyard and winery project near Middletown.The board of supervisors have denied the appeal against Wild Diamond Vineyards by a local group calling themselves the Hidden Valley Water Shed. Santa Rosa resident and land use attorney Tina Wallis of Carle, Mackie, Power & Ross (www.cmprlaw.com) secured a win for client Wild Diamond Vineyards in a unanimous straw vote. Florida attorney Robert Bowling, who owns Wild Diamond Vineyards LLC, is proposing to develop 80 new acres of vineyards for a total of 148 acres of vineyard. He also wants to build a 17,850-square foot winery that would produce up to 52,800 cases of wine per year. Other aspects of the project include a 11,340-square-foot tasting room with commercial kitchen and retail sales, and self-guided interpretive center with up to 35 special events a year in the plans.
Lake County Planning Commission’s has previously certified an environmental impact report, adopted a water supply assessment, as well as granted a major use permit and grading permit for the vineyard project, located at 15015, 15087, 15373, 15375, 15591, 15663 and 15807 Spruce Grove Road.
More about Tina Wallis:
Tina Wallis advises clients on land use, environmental, and groundwater matters including General Plan and zoning issues, compliance with California’s Environmental Quality ACT(CEQA), land use entitlements, and conservation easements. Ms. Wallis does transactional work and litigation. She pairs a comprehensive understanding of the issues with a straight-forward approach to resolve critical environmental, natural resource, project development, and sustainability issues.
Ms. Wallis has guided private and public sector clients through environmental review, securing permits for building and operations such as: wineries tasting rooms, vineyards, alternative energy systems, quarries, subdivisions, hotels, spas, resorts, retreat centers, commercial and retail space, and composting operations. In addition to this, she represents developers in large land acquisitions or sales where the property is entitled, but the project has not been built yet.
Ms. Wallis began her legal career advising counties, cities, and special districts on land use, public works, general government, airport, and landfill matters. During this time, she built a reputation as a fair and respectful problem solver, and is thus highly regarded with those of whom she negotiates on her clients’ behalf.