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County adopts emergency rule to deal with development restrictions

County adopts emergency rule to deal with development restrictions

High court ruling shifts water adequacy burden to county By Marcy Stamper The Okanogan County commissioners have adopted an emergency ordinance to address a state Supreme Court ruling that halts new development without proof of water. The emergency ordinance establishes a new process for reviewing building applications following the October high court decision, which requires...
Okanogan County proposes new ordinance to guide land-use process

Okanogan County proposes new ordinance to guide land-use process

Okanogan County is proposing a new ordinance that would consolidate application, review and approval procedures for land-use and development projects. The ordinance would cover projects such as subdivisions, development near shorelines, and polices like the comprehensive…
Yakama Nation joins others in suing Okanogan County over zoning code

Yakama Nation joins others in suing Okanogan County over zoning code

The Yakama Nation has filed a lawsuit against Okanogan County, claiming that the county’s new zoning code threatens the tribe’s fishing rights because it fails to protect the quality and quantity of groundwater. The lawsuit also asserts that the environmental review the county conducted on the zoning…
Conservation groups sue county over newly adopted zoning code

Conservation groups sue county over newly adopted zoning code

Okanogan County’s new zoning code — the first complete update in 38 years — has been challenged in court by two conservation groups who argue that the code fails to protect the county’s natural resources, in particular its water and farmland. The lawsuit also asserts that the county did not take into account the potential impacts of wildfire in allowing...
County commissioners adopt detailed new zoning code

County commissioners adopt detailed new zoning code

Affects nightly rentals, marijuana farms, lot sizes By Marcy Stamper Okanogan County has a new zoning code for this first time in 38 years. The county commissioners adopted a new code that changes some lot sizes, requires a conditional-use permit for all new marijuana operations, and gives some nightly rentals in the Methow Valley another...
County zoning code’s EIS attachments include personal information about citizens council board members, staff

County zoning code’s EIS attachments include personal information about citizens council board members, staff

The environmental impact statement (EIS) on the county’s new zoning code is backed up by 21 attachments, such as maps, population estimates and an overview of county employment patterns.

Commissioners likely to adopt county zoning code Tuesday

The Okanogan County commissioners have set Tuesday (July 26) at 2:30 p.m. to consider adoption of the update to the county’s zoning code. This is a continuation of their public hearing on the code, the fifth in their series of deliberations on the ordinance. The commissioners closed public comment on July 12. The most recent...
County zoning code nearing completion

County zoning code nearing completion

Okanogan County appears to be close to having its first new zoning code in 38 years, now that the county’s planning commissioners have made their final changes to sections regulating nightly rentals and marijuana operations. The commissioners have also …
County commissioners seek another month to work on zoning code

County commissioners seek another month to work on zoning code

The Okanogan County commissioners are seeking another month to complete the update of the county’s zoning code, and therefore want to keep 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...
Commissioners extend moratorium on new marijuana operations

Commissioners extend moratorium on new marijuana operations

The Okanogan County commissioners have extended a moratorium on new marijuana operations through the end of June to prevent people from getting in under current rules. The commissioners are considering stricter controls in a new zoning code that is under review. The resolution, adopted on May 3, states that …