Second stop-work order placed on Justin Vineyard expansion
Company repeatedly violated permit terms and conditions, resource district says
–Estate Vineyards LLC, owned by The Wonderful Company, received a second stop-work order for its Justin Winery expansion project in westside Paso Robles where hundreds of oak trees have been removed.
The Upper Salinas-Las Tablas Resource Conservation District issued the stop-work order to Estate Vineyards LLC, which owns the property at 750 Sleepy Farm Road, terminating a work agreement it had issued to the property owners allowing them to build a agricultural pond. The company repeatedly violated the terms of the permit, according to Upper Salinas-Las Tablas Resource Conservation District Executive Director Devin Best.
Best said the owners committed three violations of the pond construction permit:
1) The company had failed to tell the agency when they planned to start construction,
2) The company failed to publicly post the work permit before work started,
3) The company failed to notify the agency of tree removal so nesting bird surveys for could be conducted.
San Luis Obispo County Code Enforcement visited the 375-acre property last week, located at 750 Sleepy Farm Road, and also issued a stop-work order on the project because of grading violations, according to San Luis Obispo County Planning and Building Department Director James A. Bergman.