I do not support Scott County allowing rural farmsteads and farm wineries to become destinations for large scale weddings and events in areas that are zoned residential, which would include the following zoning classifications: RR-1 = Rural Residential Reserve District RR-1C = Rural Residential Reserve Cluster District RR-2 = Rural Residential Single Family District RR-3 = Residential Suburban Single Family District.
Barn weddings may conjure up a lovely bucolic image, but the impact that this type of business has on the surrounding neighbors and residents is profound. This is a for-profit business that will be hosting hundreds of people on site in addition to generating noise from bands and hiring outside liquor vendors to provide alcohol in a residential area.
The criteria for approval of a business must conform to zoning ordinances. Chapter 8 of the Scott County Zoning Ordinance regulates home extended businesses. In chapter 8-2, it states that the use will be sufficiently compatible with, or separated by sufficient distance from, or screened from adjacent agricultural or residential land uses so that there will be no deterrence to the use or development of adjacent land and uses.
It is important to note that homeowners should not have deterrence to their use of their land. I do not see how a large scale entertainment venue could not adversely impact residential residents.
Large scale entertainment venues not only impact the enjoyment and use of resident’s homes and backyards by generating loud music, traffic and possible problems related to alcohol abuses but also impact the value of their homes. Not only does this type of business reduce the value of a neighboring home, it also greatly increases the amount of time it would take to sell that home.
Please remember that these are our homes. We live here. For most people, a home is their single largest investment. Please keep large entertainment venues out of our residential areas.