San Juan Capistrano’s first winery may have fewer grapevines than you think.
The vendor moving into the historic Swanner House, Hamilton Oaks Vineyard – whose main operations are in Trabuco Canyon – wants more room for parking and events. The City Council .
The owner is now asking for a fewer demonstration vines and the possible removal of orange trees that have been on the property for decades.
The City Council will consider the changes at its next meeting, Tuesday.
“Staff has determined that the proposed … revisions significantly exceed the prior City Council approval,” staff wrote in a report to council in asking for guidance.
Specifically, Hamilton Oaks is seeking to:
- Nearly double the size of the parking lot, from 12 to 23 space, and move the handicapped stalls
- Add more bathrooms
- Greatly expand the size of the events area, which will host parties and weddings
- Add flood lights in the parking area, market string lights in the event area
- Allow for a catering set-up area
- Build an outdoor storage shed
When , built in 1923, the city began an informal process of soliciting proposals from wineries to rent the facility.
Some members of other city commissions , .
The council meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday at , 32400 Paseo Adelanto in San Juan Capistrano.