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Although outside the city limits, councilors must provide guidance to the county on a proposed winery and tasting room in the URA

The city of Newberg will likely weigh in on a winery and tasting room looking to locate on a parcel of land outside the city limits, but inside the city's urban reserve area (URA).

The city received an application to use and existing pole barn at 27200 N.E Bell Road as a winery and tasting room. The area is nearly nine acres in size and there is no comprehensive plan designation for the site. Yamhill County has jurisdiction over the site and will make the final decision on the application.

Newberg Community Development Director Doug Rux said the homeowner, Mackenzie Heinze, would be starting the winery. Heinze is the director of sales at Seven of Hearts Winery. Along with his brother Sid, they also run King's North, a winery they started last year.

Heinze couldn't be reached for comment

"Yamhill County would make the land use decision," Rux said. "We're just providing comments to the county."

According to the Newberg Urban Area Growth Management Agreement, the council will make a recommendation to the county on land use applications, including conditional use and design review within the urban growth boundary. Newberg has 60 days from when it received the application to make a recommendation.

In addition to the pole barn, the lot contains a single family home. The proposal is to lease the site for a winery and use the barn for production and tastings. The proposal calls for a new, 40-foot by 20-foot shed at the south end of the property to store vineyard equipment. This shed will not be used for wine tastings or production.

Most of the site will remain undeveloped and mainly used as a vineyard and less than 10 percent of the site will be used for site improvements. However, this does not mean the further development of the property couldn't occur in the future. As the property is in the URA, it is likely the site could be annexed by the city in the future, but it would have to be brought into the urban growth boundary first.

The proposed winery will produce and sell wine on-site and the tasting room would be by appointment only. County code allows on-site activities over a three-day period, three times in a calendar year, and directly related to the promotion and sale of the wine with under 750 daily visitors.

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