Agricultural zoning case will go to Ohio Supreme Court

Court has agreed to review appellate decision to close winery

A controversial split decision  on agricultural zoning from the Fifth District Court of Appealswill go before the Ohio Supreme Court.  The court has agreed to review Terry v. Sperry, 2010-Ohio-1299 (March 23, 2010), an appellate decision that endorsed a township’s desire to close down a winery in an exurban residential area.  The court agreed with the township’s assertion that Myrrdin Winery could not utilize Ohio’s “agricultural exemption” from township zoning authority because the winery imported more grapes than it grows on the premises and thus does not meet the statute’s definition of “agriculture.”  Because the winery did not qualify as “agriculture,”  the court held that the township could enjoin its operation.  We disagree with the court’s reliance on the definition of “agriculture” because the statute also includes specific exemption  language for wineries that bypasses the agriculture definition.  See our earlier post,  Ohio court allows township to use zoning to prohibit winery.

The Supreme Court’s decision to review the case should result in much needed clarification of township zoning authority over wineries, a recurring issue  in Ohio.   With more and more wineries developing in Ohio, many will be anxious for the Supreme’s Court’s interpretation of the statute.  The court should reach a decision in early 2011.

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2 responses to “Agricultural zoning case will go to Ohio Supreme Court

  1. Sheila

    wondering if Ohio Supreme Court has read the briefs and ruled on this zoning / township / and ag

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