City Council votes on location of wineries - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/22/10

City Council votes on location of wineries

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Lubbock City Council took up the issue of wineries and where they can be placed in the Thursday morning meeting.

Those planning to open a new winery in Lubbock say changing the current ordinance could mean more money for the city. "It would be a good guess, based on our tax structure, to say that we could earn anywhere from $30,000 to $70,000 in extra tax revenue for the city," says Josh McDonald with D'Vine Wine in Lubbock.

D'Vine Wine has locations throughout Texas, and they're working on a new Lubbock location in the Kingsgate Center on 82nd Street. On Thursday, the Council approved a change that allows smaller wineries, like D'Vine Wine, that have blending and tasting facilities, to go into smaller, commercial zones, rather than keeping them confined to industrial areas.

It is not blanket permission for all businesses. Each will be considered on a case by case basis. The council approved the measure five to one, with Mayor Martin saying no. A second reading is required to pass the measure.

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