Board To Hold Special Meeting On Anselmo Vineyards

Following a bitter protracted battle between Reverge Anselmo and his Inwood Road neighbors, the Shasta County Board of Supervisors will hold a special meeting Tuesday that may put the issue to bed, at least for now. The Planning Commission has recommended that the Board of Supervisors grant a mitigated negative declaration and a zoning change.  That would open the door for the construction of an 18-room boutique hotel and spa at the Inwood Road vineyard without an environmental impact study. Multiple hearings and amendments have led to hundreds of hours of work by county staff. The day after a heated commission hearing on August 14th, a real estate firm announced that they'd be auctioning the property, claiming that Anselmo had invested more than 30 Million Dollars in the property. Former County Supervisor Trish Clark, who was hired by Anselmo to massage the process, told the commission that if he could proceed with the project Anselmo would sell it on completion, but that if he couldn't proceed without an EIR he would have the non-permitted structures torn down and he would sell the remaining buildings and the land. It appears now that Anselmo was only seeking the zoning change to boost the property's value. County Administrative Officer Larry Lees says the ownership of the place has no bearing on Tuesday's decision. The acting caretaker for the vineyard and restaurant told the commission in August that Anselmo headed back east last year to care for his mother before she died, and that he doesn’t intend to make Shasta County his home ever again.  Tuesday's board meeting begins at 8:30AM.