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.
“We are 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.”
The county 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.
“These 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.