WALLINGFORD — Paradise Hills Vineyard and Winery has submitted an application to the Planning and Zoning Commission for a new outdoor patio area, a temporary outdoor tent area, and a 1,200-square-foot addition for storage and repairs.
The proposed patio would be located in front of the winery, 15 Windswept Hill Road, and would include an “outdoor bar and fountain,” according to plans.
The tent area would be adjacent to the patio area. The one-story workshop, 20 feet by 60 feet, would be added onto the existing winery building and would only be used for storage and repairs, said Town Planner Kacie Hand. The site plan also call for changes to the parking configuration.
Paradise Hills submitted an application to the commission several months ago, but the commission hasn’t yet discussed it because it is waiting for the winery to address issues raised by town departments, Hand said. Those include questions about parking and traffic flow, as well as an issue with the winery’s signage raised by a nearby resident.
The commission was scheduled to discuss the application at its Jan. 10 meeting, however, winery founder Richard Ruggiero said winery representatives will not be present.
Hand said if the application is not heard next week, the winery would exceed the statutory time limit for the commission to act on the application and therefore would have to either withdraw it or move forward regardless. Ruggiero declined to comment on the winery’s plans if the deadline is not met.
Hand said the winery also has to address inconsistencies between existing conditions and a site plan approved in 2008.
“A lot of the existing conditions on the site don’t comply with their approved plan,” Hand said, including parking configuration.
The winery, along with nearby Gouveia Vineyards, is considered one of the top attractions in Wallingford and is ranked third on TripAdvisor's “List of Things to Do in Wallingford.” It is one of 26 wineries and vineyards included on the CT WIne Trail.