Winery District Consistency Zoning
The Temecula Valley Wine Country is a special place in Riverside County: a place for business, tourism, horses and families.  Recognizing this, the Board of Supervisors adopted the Wine Country Community Plan in 2014, which consisted of revisions to the County General Plan, new design guidelines, and new zone classifications that all together foster, encourage, and cultivate all the best aspects of the Temecula Valley Wine Country.  You may find further information on the Wine Country Community Plan at the following website:

Temecula Valley Wine Country Documents:

 General Plan Policies/Figures I Zoning Ordinance (Winery Zones) Figure 4A (Wineries <20 Acres) Design Guidelines


The Riverside County Planning Department is working to implement the Wine Country Community Plan (Community Plan) with a zoning consistency effort. 

Along with the adoption of the Wine Country Community Plan, new Wine Country zoning classifications were created. However, the existing zoning of the property within Wine Country was not changed. Therefore, the County is continuing its efforts and moving forward to change the zoning of property with an existing Winery or an existing application for development within the Wine Country Winery District. The two new zones compatible with the Winery District are Wine Country- Winery (WC-W) or Wine Country - Winery Existing (WC-WE).


The new zones may change some of the permitted uses and development standards compared to existing zoning.  To help explain this effort better, we have a host of documents located to the left that explain in detail what the proposal will and will not do, including a portion of the Zoning Ordinances describing the Wine Country zones, FAQs, and Use Comparison Charts. 

If you have any questions feel free to contact Robert Flores by phone at (951) 955-1195 or email at

Eligibility and Requirements

In order to participate in this County-initiated change of zone (consistency zoning), a property must be within the Winery District and must have one of the following:

Eligible components:

  1. Approved entitlement (e.g. plot plan, CUP, etc.)
  2. Application in process for an entitlement
  3. Established vineyard and/or citrus grove
  4. Undeveloped property with an active, approved subdivision

An property owner must submit a Letter of Intent form by July 21, 2017 in either of the following ways:

  1. Email to
  2. Fax to (951) 955-1811
  3. In person to the Riverside Office of the Planning Department located at 4080 Lemon Street, 12th Floor, Riverside, CA 92501

Why should a property owner option into the Change of Zone project?

  1. Wine Country Zones are specially tailored for this community and current and future trends to support the longevity of agricultural uses and wineries in this region.
  2. Your property’s zoning will be consistent with the Wine Country Community Plan.
  3. Opting-in now will eliminate a step in the process and reducing costs for any future entitlements requests.
  4. There is no fee for participation.
  5. You may expand your use or amend any existing entitlement.
  6. You may request discretionary approval for permitted uses.

Community Outreach Efforts:



Planning Commission Public Hearing:

September 20, 2017

The Agenda and Staff Report for the September 6th hearing may be obtained on the Planning Commission webpage 72 hours before the hearing date.

Board of Supervisors

October 31, 2017 (tentative)

The Agenda and Staff Report for the October 24th hearing may be obtained on the Clerk of the Board 2017 Agendas website 72 hours before the hearing date.