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11/5/2013 2:24:00 PM
Vineyard and brewery to come before Camp Verde Council
Town likely to accept meanderland parcel

Bill Helm

CAMP VERDE - During Wednesday's regular session, the Camp Verde Town Council will discuss and possibly approve a Series 13 domestic farm winery liquor license application for Kris Metzler.

Metzler's business, Five Trees Wine and Vineyard, would be operated at his home, located at 312 W. Pheasant Run Circle.

The Council will also discuss and possibly approve a Series 3 microbrewery liquor license application for Steve Kyllingstad, owner of Camp Verde Café, located at 368 S. Main St.

Camp Verde resident Jane Whitmire lives within one-mile radius of Metzler and believes that granting the series 13 license is not good for her neighborhood.

In a letter Whitmire wrote to the Council, Town Manager Russ Martin, Community Development Director Mike Jenkins and Economic Development Director Steve Ayers, she explained that the intent of her protest is not to discourage Camp Verde's wine industry.

"My intent is to maintain the quiet and safe character of our residential neighborhood and the integrity of the currently-established zoning," Whitmire stated. "My protest of this application is based solely on the possible approval for the public sale and/or consumption (tasting) of wine at this location."

According to Community Development Director Mike Jenkins, Metzler's property is not zoned for a commercial operation. Though Metzler may be granted a Series 13 license, he would not be able to offer wine tasting at the address.

"In that instance, you could do certain things in that zoning district, such as agricultural and cultivation, which allows for the growing of the grapes and selling his harvest," Jenkins said. "The processing of product into wine moves it out of a food product into a spirituous liquor, as the state calls it."

Jenkins continued: "As defined in the planning and zoning ordinance, this limits the impact of a home occupation to the residential neighborhood, limiting any of his processing to within an enclosed structure of the property, no traffic impacts, limited signage, with use that is merely incidental to the residential use, and does not change the character of the neighborhood."

Also during Wednesday's regular session, the Council is expected to accept the quitclaim deed of a parcel located in the Fort River Caves subdivision.

The parcel, APN 404-30-342, was to have become Town property when Camp Verde was incorporated on Dec. 8, 1986. The parcel has been owned by Yavapai County.

The parcel abuts the Verde River and is adjacent to property owned by the Town and used for recreational purposes. According to the consent agenda item for Wednesday's meeting, the oversight was discovered as Town staff was preparing for this year's Ditch Day Fun Float.

On Oct. 21, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors agreed to quitclaim the parcel to the Town.

Today's regular session will be held at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers, 473 S. Main St., room 106. At 5:30 p.m. in council chambers, the Town will host a special meet and greet with Yavapai County Supervisor Thomas Thurman. The meet and greet is also open to the public.

Taylor Waste
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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, November 9, 2013
Article comment by: Jus' Saying

Put in a new wood yard and then listen to the residents howl.

Posted: Saturday, November 9, 2013
Article comment by: jordan meadows resident

In response to junes opinion. You just happen to be in the minority on this issue. The majority does not want a business in a residential setting. It is unfair to give a free pass to someone who does not have to pay commercial rent,insurance,etc. You are confusing the fact that mr.metzler is a fine person with the reality of opening a business in a neighborhood. These are separate from each other.

Posted: Friday, November 8, 2013
Article comment by: June Trinidad

"Upset JM Resident"...the same amount of UPS trucks will be going thru the neighborhood as there is now...ONE. As both of you "residents" know I live there too. There should not be anymore "traffic" than there is now when there are "neighborhood" garage sales. Or Weddings, Or Bocce tournaments. You probably won't even realize he has increased his production. Please give the man a chance before you condem him. The license he applied for Series 13 does not allow him to have a tasting room so that should take care of the traffic you talk about.
"Jordan Meadows"-- Really?! There is a huge difference between opening a commercial auto repair business and what Kris is doing.

Sure wish you all had talked to Kris BEFORE you all got hot about what he is doing.
I say good for him. Stomp those grapes Kris!!!

Posted: Friday, November 8, 2013
Article comment by: Linda Buchanan

@ Upset:

There were several residents from Jordan Meadows, and surrounding areas, who spoke both for and against. Maybe your concerns would be alleviated if you listened to your neighbors (including Mr. Metzler) on the meeting recording. If Mr. Metzler begins selling his wine, of course he will be subject to taxes. I don't think the calculations provided in the previous post are any indication of Mr. Metzler's operation. He indicated he was only slightly increasing his production. There are some really nice models of domestic farm wineries in other Verde Valley communities. Maybe you would like to visit?

Posted: Friday, November 8, 2013
Article comment by: Upset Jordan Meadows Resident!


And how many people who actually live in Jordan Meadows actually spoke at the council meeting-2? There is one way in and one way out of this neighborhood. How many UPS trucks do you think will be coming through based on your calculations? It is 100% more than it was before Metzer started this business and what about the deliveries of grapes so that he can expand? Who will be monitoring Metzler's operation to insure that he does not exceed the limits he has said he will adhere to? Why would Mr. Kyllingstad want a license to sell/brew beer in his commercial location and be subject to commercial taxes when he can do what Metzler has done and simply make the beer at home and sell it there?

Posted: Friday, November 8, 2013
Article comment by: Stomping Grapes

Circumstances vary of course, but Verde Valley wine grapes are selling for around $1800 - $2500 per ton. Itís possible to produce 3 -4 tons per acre. A ton of grapes can produce 63 cases of wine, which converts to about 2300 bottles per acre. The average Verde Valley wine is selling for about $30/bottle. So, an acre of wine grapes may gross about $69,000 per acre.

Metzler has already been producing wine for family and friends without creating any kind of disturbance in Jordan Meadows, according to all of his neighbors who spoke at the meeting. He only intends to increase his production slightly to meet the minimum required for licensing. There wonít be a tasting room at his residential site. Letís support our Verde Valley entrepreneurs who are able to earn income on small agriculture production.

Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2013
Article comment by: Jordan Meadows

My home is located in Jordan Meadows. There is no way that this business should be allowed to operate in this location. The Metzler property is not large enough to produce the amount of grapes required for this operation. If Metzler wants to open a winery he should obtain a commercial property like any other business and not cause a problem for his residential neighbors. Perhaps I should open a commercial auto repair business next to the Metzler home!

Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2013
Article comment by: pat seimans

It is very easy to applaud the opening of a new business that isn't in your neighborhood. This business does not have enough grapes on its property to produce enough wine to be meaningful. Grapes grown elsewhere will be brought in to process. With this comes traffic and a change to the character of the neighborhood. It is a shame to open the floodgates on this matter, who knows there may be a processing plant near you in the future.

Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2013
Article comment by: Linda Buchanan

Thanks to everyone who spoke last night at the Camp Verde Town Council meeting to help our policy makers better understand community expectations regarding economic development and neighborly values. We made it clear that these are not mutually exclusive goals!

I admire the way Kris Metzler and Jane Whitmire brought discussion of Domestic Farm Winery licensing to the forefront. Engaged and caring citizens are clearly why neighborhoods like Jordan Meadows are the pride and joy of our community.

Congratulations to Kris on his progress towards establishing a domestic farm winery, and to Jane on creating a purposeful community dialog. Congratulations also to Council and staff for establishing and maintaining the framework which will enable Camp Verde to reap the bountiful wine harvest. -lb

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