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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 …
County considers zoning code revisions for marijuana operations

County considers zoning code revisions for marijuana operations

After two packed hearings about proposed changes to how Okanogan County regulates marijuana operations, the county has received three formal suggestions for its new zoning code. Up to now, marijuana has been treated like any other type of crop. The draft zoning code proposes requiring a special permit for any new marijuana operations, which includes...
Weigh in on county zoning proposals

Weigh in on county zoning proposals

Provide feedback on lot sizes, nightly rentals, agriculture, marijuana operations and other land-use matters when the Okanogan County planning commission conducts a public hearing on proposed changes to the county’s zoning code. The hearing is Monday (March 28) at 7 p.m. in the commissioners’ hearing room in Okanogan. People can provide up to three minutes...
Commissioners halt new marijuana operations

Commissioners halt new marijuana operations

The Okanogan County commissioners have placed a six-month moratorium on new marijuana operations to prevent people from getting in under current rules as the county considers stricter controls in a new zoning code.