Sep 17, 2016 1:35 PM
Gilmanton winery allowed to continue operating during scrutiny
GILMANTON — The owner of a winery and function room will be allowed to continue operating those facilities as well as the portion of his house he converted into a restaurant despite an inquiry into the zoning laws.
Marshall Bishop received the permission via a 4 to 1 vote that was cast on Thursday by the Zoning Board of Adjustment, reports the Laconia Daily Sun.
The reasoning is that most members say the Gilmanton Table of Uses that distinguishes structures built with the intent of use as restaurants from converted structures.
Bishop believes the fact that he has been operating for four and a half years before this became an issue means that the controversy is personal because he is a selectman.
Bishop will have to appear before the planning board pending further decision from the Zoning Board of Approval.