Updated: Dec 11, 2018
On January 16th, 2018 the Paso Robles City Council held a meeting where they approved changes to the downtown zoning allowing production of wine, beer and distilled spirits in limited quantities in current TC-1 zoning. In addition there was approved zoning changes to allow wine tasting at the future "Paso Market Place" project (retail project at 1803 Spring Street). There has also been an interest by private property owners in the rezoned area to permit offices on the ground floor in the front of the buildings. All wineries proposed in the downtown zones will require a Conditional Use Permit application and approval from the City Planning Department, as well as any distillery or brewery larger than 10,000 square feet.
The rezoning will allow crafted beer, wine and spirits to be consumed on the premises.
The area to be rezoned is from mid-block 13th Street to mid-block 15th Street, and between mid-block Spring Street and Park Street to the Union Pacific Railroad. The area will be rezoned to Town Center-2 zoning. The change appears to be the City's response to interest in local craft and artisanal producers which have been a successful addition to North County. The indication of the popularity and growth of business in Paso Robles seems evident when examining areas new to the industry such as Tin City.
Paso Robles City Planners respond that there was interest from the community for similar operations to Atascadero's Tent City Brewing and San Luis Obispo's SLO Brew which influenced the change to downtown zoning. The City would also hope to have similar success since Craft Breweries are a known growing contributor to the local economy.
"The Central Coast Brewer's Guild lists at least 46 breweries on the Central Coast, some with multiple locations. The California Craft Brewer's Association reports that California leads the nation in craft breweries. In 2016, craft breweries contributed $7.3 billion to the states economy, up from $6.5 in 2014. The industry supports more than 49,308 jobs across the state."