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Preston Ridge Vineyard
 11/2008 - Preston Ridge Vineyard Special Permit and Site Plan Approved

Preston Ridge Vineyard, LLC has received a special permit and site plan approval from the Town of Preston to operate a new winery with an event center on a 55 acre parcel located on Miller Road. This family-run winery is the first to be approved under the Town’s recently adopted zoning regulations for large-acreage farm wineries and is the culmination of several months’ effort to permit wineries with ancillary facilities. The project will include over five acres of vineyard, a barn structure for wine display, tasting, and production, an outdoor events area, a maintenance garage, a new home for the operators and new parking and support facilities.

DiCesare-Bentley was responsible for site design, permit documents and landscape architecture for the project. Under the new Town regulations, the application was required to demonstrate that the winery operations would not negatively affecting surrounding properties particularly with regard to traffic, sound, lighting and the natural environment. The site design incorporated specialized landscaping, low-intensity lighting, a music shed and environmental controls to address these requirements.

A low-impact feature of the project included the use of alternative drive and parking-area surfaces to reduce the amount of impervious pavement surfaces. This resulted in less grading, stormwater runoff and requirements for piping systems or detention facilities.
Stormwater runoff will be by sheet flow over stable vegetated areas to further minimize any potential impact on site resources.

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