Noise issues unite neighbours against Naramata winery - InfoNews

Current Conditions


Noise issues unite neighbours against Naramata winery

A Naramata bench winery faced opposition from its neighbours over an application for a Special Event Area liquor license at Penticton City Council this week.
Image Credit: iStock
May 07, 2015 - 3:32 PM

PENTICTON - An application for a winery lounge and special event area beverage license for a Naramata bench winery turned out to be a controversial item on the agenda at Penticton city council's regular meeting this week.

Bench 1775 Winery applied for the license to add food and beverage service to the main areas of the winery, as well as for special events, private dinners and special tastings. 

Vineyard manager Trevor Brohmer, speaking to council on behalf of general manager Valeria Tait, described the winery as “far away from neighbours,” which incited a flurry of guffaws and jeers from the gallery, filled with neighbours of the winery and opponents of the application.

“We’re willing to work with the neighbours,” Brohmer said in response to the jeers, adding he suspected some of the neighbours were upset because they felt they hadn’t been consulted.

However, for roughly the next hour and a half members of the gallery stepped up to the mic, to voice almost unanimous opposition to the application. Most were concerned about noise issues, while some also spoke of the potential for more impaired drivers on Naramata Road.

City staff also received several letters opposing the application for similar reasons.

“The size and scope of the application and the type and size of events that could occur concern us greatly,” wrote Mark Goozee of Fleet Road, who also expressed concerns over increased traffic and a “worrisome precedence” the approval could set for other wineries.

“Last summer we frequently heard loud music late into the night coming from that area but thought it was just neighbours having a rowdy party. We were horrified to find out this is a commercial business that could get a license to disturb the neighbourhood six night a week. There are already 23 weddings booked for 2015,” wrote Jill and Peter Sanders of Midland Road.

The winery is asking for up to 24 people be allowed in the interior lounge and 40 in the exterior lounge. There would also be an additional tasting room and special event area for 33 people. Proposed hours of operation would be from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. for the winery lounge Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. If the change to the special event area hours were allowed, it would stay open until midnight.

City of Penticton economic development officer Colleen Pennington spoke to council, pointing out the economic benefits provided by wineries.

Council agreed after some discussion to support the application for a lounge license, but handed the matter of a Special Event Area endorsement back to staff for further study.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Steve Arstad at or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

News from © InfoTel News Ltd, 2015
InfoTel News Ltd

  • Popular kelowna News
  • Comments
  • Police search for missing Kelowna woman
    KELOWNA - Kelowna RCMP are asking for the public's help in finding a missing 27-year-old woman. RCMP say Joenna Saunders was last heard from on Nov. 27. She was reported missing on Dec.
  • Girl opens Christmas present she gave to boy when she dumped him in 1971
    ST. ALBERT, Alta. - A man in Edmonton who made international headlines for holding onto a wrapped Christmas gift from a high-school girlfriend who dumped him nearly 50 years ago finally learned wh
  • Water quality advisory in effect in North Okanagan
    NORTH OKANAGAN - The district has issued a water quality advisory for the North Okanagan. The Regional District of North Okanagan Silver Star Water Utility in conjunction with Interior Healt
  • Kamloops Fire Rescue respond to McDonalds deep fryer fire
    KAMLOOPS - A Kamloops McDonalds was temporarily closed last night due to a small deep fryer fire. Kamloops Fire Rescue arrived at the McDonalds location in Sahali at about 11:30 p.m. last ni
  • Vernon fast food restaurant held up by man with syringe
    VERNON - RCMP are on the hunt for a suspect after a robbery at a Vernon restaurant earlier this week. A man threatened staff with an allegedly contaminated needle on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Wr
View Site in: Desktop | Mobile