Controversy over Anselmo Vineyards' unpermitted, unzoned buildings

Sep 29, 2014 9:11 PM

Upscale "Anselmo Vineyards" in the Shingletown area is on the chopping block, after a lengthy battle between the owner and Shasta County, over a series of rezoning issues and a legal flap over permits.
The owner says he's done, and has handed his property and all of his construction over to the county.

Shasta County Board of Supervisors will vote on a measure tomorrow required to make some of the buildings within the vineyard legal -- the buildings that were constructed over the last six years had no permits.

Take a look around -- from the intricate architecture, to the exquisite landscaping -- it's now all headed to the auction block.

"It started about four-and-a-half years ago...there was a discussion over a grading permit."

That grading permit was for clearing out berry bushes, but the owner of Anselmo Vineyards -- Reverge Anselmo -- didn't think he needed one, since he thought he was maintaining his property.

That escalated into multiple arguments back and forth with the county, and when Anselmo's permits for new buildings began taking months to process, he took it personal -- and filed several lawsuits against the county -- while continuing construction.

"The county made a proposal to him that if he would settle for the attorney fees, they would work with him."

Anselmo agreed to pay a hefty one-point-three million dollars to squash the beef.

Part of the new deal is to get the county to properly permit and rezone the chapel, conservatory and dining room -- while coming up with a plan to build an area next to the chapel for an 18-room boutique hotel and spa.

Trish Clarke, former Shasta County Supervisor and current consultant for Reverge Anselmo, gave Action News Now a statement over the phone saying Anselmo felt there was a vendetta against him by the planning and zoning commission -- and he would do anything just to get away from Shasta County, and the entire state.

Reverge Anselmo has since been living in an estate on the East Coast -- his consultant tells Action News Now he put the $30 million "Anselmo Vineyards" up for auction to get a speedy sale.
The 24-hundred acre winery and cattle farm is set to be auctioned off on October 23rd, with multiple qualified buyers who are already interested in acquiring the land.


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