Property Rights

Wineries Challenge Burdensome Land-Use Restrictions

In the middle of an economic slump, why not strangle growing local businesses?


Several vintners and a local farmer are challenging a land-use ordinance that they call an assault on economic freedom and a clear violation of state law in Fauquier County.

Farmer Martha Boneta filed a lawsuit Aug. 31, seeking $2 million in damages related to fines she faces for selling agricultural products on her property and for hosting a children's birthday party there.