Late Night: Wine and Mega-Church Clash in Temecula’s Vineyards | La Figa:
A zoning ordinance, adopted in 1994, prohibits the building of� houses of worship and other non-commercial, non-agricultural ventures in the AVA and C/V zones. And at least one church wants that changed, Calvary Chapel Bible Fellowship in Temecula, which operates without a permit in the AVA; the church was built before current zoning went into effect. Calvary Chapel Bible Fellowship is seeking to expand their campus to include more parking lots and a K-8 school with a playground, and has launched an offensive, including urging their flock to write the Riverside Planning Commission and the Country Board of Supervisors, as well as attending the Planning Commission meeting on August 22. Chick-fil-A will be providing Wednesday’s lunch for the Calvary Chapel cavalry.
It isn't that the vintners are against churches. The problem is that the church and school would have to be protected against all the chemicals that are sprayed on the grapes. There would be a half-mile circle around the church that would be lost to agriculture.