The Okanogan County commissioners have added another month for completing the update of the county’s zoning code, keeping the interim code in effect until the end of July.

The interim code was adopted in December 2014 to preserve the status quo while the commissioners, planning staff and public worked on the first major update to the county’s zoning code in 38 years. The interim code, initially in effect until the end of 2015, was later extended through this June 22.

State law allows counties to extend an interim code in six-month increments. The commissioners granted the latest extension through the end of July after a public hearing on June 13.

The county uses the zoning code to provide specific guidelines for actual land uses, such as minimum lot sizes and where residential, commercial or industrial development can occur.

At their May meeting, the county’s planning commissioners made only minor changes to the current draft of the new zoning code, tweaking rules for nightly rentals and adjusting zone boundaries on the zoning map.

The county’s planning commissioners are holding a special meeting to discuss the working draft of the new zoning code in the commissioners’ hearing room in Okanogan on Thursday (June 16) at 7 p.m.

The draft zoning code is on the Planning Department website at People can submit comments to the county commissioners until the new code is adopted.