Santa Rosa, CA – September 18, 2017 – The County of
Sonoma’s Board of Supervisors approved two more agreements on Tuesday,
September 12, 2017, to secure housing for winery industry farmworkers.
Combined with the farmworker housing agreements approved by the Board last
month, Sonoma County is now moving forward creating new bunkhouses at five
wineries with a total of 172 beds.
committed to ’Housing for All,’ and that includes housing for our hardworking
farmworkers,” stated Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Shirlee
Zane. “The partnership with the Sonoma County Winegrowers to create these
bunkhouses highlights the importance of collaboration as we work toward our
goal of ensuring that all people in Sonoma County have roofs over their heads.”
continues to work proactively with the Sonoma County Winegrowers to increase
the supply of housing for employees of the local vineyard industry. During this
process, wineries used the same architect and engineer to create bunkhouse
plans that will serve as a model for other wineries. The permitting process was
expedited, and the Board of Supervisors waived park and traffic mitigation fees
for these vital housing projects.
projects will provide much needed housing for Sonoma County’s farmworkers, who
are critical to the success of our county’s wine industry and local economy,”
said Supervisor James Gore, who represents the Fourth District where the two
recently approved projects are sited, and where four of the five total projects
are located. In addition to the two Geyserville projects, additional agreements
were supported last month in Annapolis, Healdsburg, and Santa Rosa. The
participating wineries are Bevill Vineyards, Jackson Family Wines, KBarr
Daughters, Mauritson Wines, and Vernazza Vineyards.