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On April 26, 2018, the King County Executive transmitted Proposed Ordinance 2018-0241 to the King County Council.  This Proposed Ordinance would update development regulations associated with wineries, breweries, and distilleries in unincorporated King County. 

Transmittal of the Proposed Ordinance follows a multi-year process led by the Executive to develop regulations for these industries. Information on the Executive’s process can be found online.

The Council’s Local Services, Regional Roads and Bridges Committee passed the legislation out of committee "without recommendation" on March 15, 2019.  The full Council held a public hearing on June 12, 2019 at the King County Courthouse.  After the public hearing, the Council re-referred the legislation to the Committee of the Whole for additional review. The Committee of the Whole passed the legislation out of committee "without recommendation" on October 7, 2019. A public hearing is scheduled for December 4, 2019.

Please check back to this website for more information the Council’s review of the proposal. 

 

Proposal as Passed out of Committee of the Whole

On October 7, 2019, the Committee of the Whole passed the Proposed Ordinance out of committee "without recommendation." The Ordinance was amended in committee by Striking Amendment S1, as well as line Amendments 0.5, 1.2b, 1.5a and 3.

Proposed Substitute Ordinance 2018-0241.3 

  • Attachment A – Map Amendment #1 – Remote Tasting Room Demonstration Project A
  • Attachment B  – Map Amendment #2 – VS-P29 Vashon Town Plan – Restricted Uses for CB Zoned Properties

 

Proposal as Passed out of Local Services, Regional Roads and Bridges Committee

On March 11, 2019, the Local Services, Regional Roads and Bridges Committee passed the Proposed Ordinance out of committee "without recommendation." The Ordinance was amended in committee by Striking Amendment S2. The changes made are described here.

Proposed Substitute Ordinance 2018-0241.2 

  • Attachment A – Map Amendment #1 – Remote Tasting Room Demonstration Project A
  • Attachment B – Map Amendment #2 – Special Event Demonstration Project B


Executive's Proposal

On April 26, 2018, the King County Executive transmitted to the King County Council the Proposed Ordinance 2018-0241. This Proposed Ordinance would update development regulations associated with wineries, breweries, and distilleries in unincorporated King County.

Proposed Ordinance

Supporting Documents

Committee of the Whole Review

Committee of the Whole October 7, 2019 Meeting

The legislation was voted out of the Committee of the Whole on October 7, 2019. The full Council's public hearing is scheduled for December 4, 2019. Materials will be posted here as they become available.

Agenda and Staff Report

Additional Materials – Line Amendments

Public Comments received October 4-7, 2019

Written Public Comments received at October 7, 2019 COW meeting

In advance of the October 7, 2019 Committee meeting, Committee Chair Joe McDermott issued the following proposed schedule for drafting and publishing amendments. 

Schedule

September 27, 2019 Conceptual Amendments

Committee of the Whole September 16, 2019 Meeting

Agenda and Staff Report

Additional Materials – Striking Amendment, Line Amendment, Title Amendment

Additional Materials – Line Amendments

Public Comments Received September 13-16, 2019

Written Public Comments Received at September 16, 2019 Committee Meeting

In advance of the COW meeting on September 16, 2019, Councilmember Balducci made public a draft striking amendment.

Draft Balducci Striking Amendment Summary

Draft Balducci Striking Amendment

     Attachment A – Map Amendment #1

     Attachment B – Map Amendment #2


Full Council Materials

The full Council held a public hearing on June 12, 2019 at the King County Courthouse. Materials are posted below.

Written Comments Received at June 12, 2019 public hearing

Public Comments Received June 12, 2019

Public Comments Received June 11, 2019

Public Comments Received June 10, 2019

Public Comments Received June 5, 2019 to June 9, 2019

Public Comments Received March 15, 2019 to June 4, 2019


Community Meeting Materials

On June 4, 2019, Councilmembers Balducci and Lambert held a community meeting to hear public comment on the proposed legislation. The materials for this meeting are available here.

Presentation Materials

Public Hearing Notice

Special District Overlay - 120

Sammamish Valley Agricultural Production District Map

Follow Up Questions


Local Services, Regional Roads & Bridges Committee Materials

Listed below are the committee meeting materials related to review of the proposed winery/brewery/distillery development regulations update. Materials will be posted as they become available.

June 19, 2018
Committee Packet

July 17, 2018
Committee Packet
Additional Committee Materials

November 28, 2018
Committee Packet
Public Comments Received at Committee

December 4, 2018
Committee Packet
Public Comments Received at Committee

March 11, 2019
Committee Packet
Additional Committee Materials
Public Comments Received at Committee

Public Hearing Notice and SEPA Documents

December 4, 2019 Full Council Hearing

On Wednesday, December 4, 2019, the King County Council will hold a public hearing on Proposed Substitute Ordinance 2018-0241.3, updating the regulations for wineries, breweries and distilleries. The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Council Chambers, on the 10th Floor of the King County Courthouse, located at 516 Third Avenue, Seattle, WA.

Published Notice

Hearing Notice and Summary of Proposed Changes

Proposed Substitute Ordinance 2018-0241.3 

  • Attachment A – Map Amendment #1 – Remote Tasting Room Demonstration Project A
  • Attachment B  – Map Amendment #2 – VS-P29 Vashon Town Plan – Restricted Uses for CB Zoned Properties

June 12, 2019 Full Council HearingOn Wednesday, June 12, 2019, the King County Council held a public hearing on Proposed Substitute Ordinance 2018-0241.2, updating the regulations for wineries, breweries and distilleries. Following the public hearing, the Council re-referred the legislation to the Committee of the Whole.  In the event that the Committee of the Whole makes substantive changes to the legislation, a new public hearing notice may be issued prior to consideration at Full Council.

Published Notice

Hearing Notice and Summary of Proposed Changes

Proposed Substitute Ordinance 2018-0241.2
       Attachment A – Map Amendment #1 – Remote Tasting Room Demonstration Project A
       Attachment B – Map Amendment #2 – Special Event Demonstration Project B

Published Notice

On April 26, 2019, the Executive branch issued a Determination of Nonsignificance for the Proposed Ordinance 2018-0241.2, updating the regulations for wineries, breweries and distilleries, in accordance with the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). For additional information on the SEPA determination, please see the linked documents.

Determination of Nonsignificance

SEPA Checklist

            2018-0241.3

 

METROPOLITAN KING COUNTY COUNCIL
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
Proposed Ordinance 2018-0241.3
 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing will be held before the Metropolitan King County Council, Room 1001, King County Courthouse, Seattle, Washington, on the 4th day of December, 2019 at 9:30 a.m., to consider adoption of a Proposed Ordinance relating to development regulations for wineries, breweries and distilleries for unincorporated King County.  Following the public hearing, the Council may take action on the Proposed Ordinance.

Summary of Legislation:

Proposed Ordinance 2018-0241.3 would modify the regulations for wineries, breweries and distilleries by:

  • Establishing a business license requirement for wineries, breweries, distilleries, cideries, remote tasting rooms, and nonconforming home occupation and home industries. Includes application requirements, application fee, criteria for approval or denial, expiration and renewal, timeline for approval, appeal rights, and an initial 6-month license while businesses demonstrate previously compliance and legal nonconforming status.
  • Establishing new definitions for remote tasting room; winery, brewery, distillery (WBD) facility I, II and III.
  • Adding remote tasting room as a permitted use in the Retail Land Use Table.This use would be allowed in the Regional Business and Community Business zones, subject to a development condition limiting the maximum parking.
  • Classifying WBD I in the Manufacturing Land Use Table.This use would be allowed in the Rural Area zones as a permitted use, subject to development conditions.
  • Classifying WBD II in the Manufacturing Land Use Table.This use would be allowed in the Agriculture, Rural Area, Neighborhood Business, Community Business, Regional Business and Industrial zones, either outright or with a conditional use permit, and subject to development conditions.
  • Classifying WBD III in the Manufacturing Land Use Table.This use would be allowed in the Agriculture, Rural Area, Neighborhood Business, Community Business, Regional Business and Industrial zones, with a conditional use permit, subject to development conditions.
  • The development conditions for the above uses address: minimum lot sizes, maximum building sizes, parameters for on-site sales and tasting, water connection, access requirements, product content, production requirements, facility location on agricultural lands, maximum parking, setbacks from Rural Area and Residential zones, and maximum impervious surfaces.
  • Adding a minimum parking ratio for remote tasting rooms.
  • Modifying the minimum parking ratio for WBD II and III.
  • Prohibiting WBD facilities and remote tasting room uses as home occupations and home industries, and providing a timeline for existing home based businesses to demonstrate legal nonconforming use status.
  • Establishing criteria for when a WBD or remote tasting room special event requires a temporary use permit.
  • Establishing an exemption with criteria for WBD II or III from temporary use permits for special events.
  • Establishing limitations on the number and size of special events for WBD facilities in the Agriculture and Rural Area zones.
  • Modifying the Special District Overlay for the Fall City Rural Town, to allow remote tasting rooms as a permitted use on the ground floor in the CB zone.
  • Establishing a remote tasting room demonstration project, within a Rural Area zoned area near the Woodinville city limits.
  • Establishing specific citation penalties for WBD facilities and remote tasting rooms.
  • Modifying the P-suffix condition for Community Business zoned property in the Vashon Rural Town, to allow remote tasting rooms as a permitted use.
  • Requiring a follow up report from the County Executive to analyze the efficacy of the regulations.
  • Repeals existing definition of winery, removes outdated cross-references to the previously existing regulations, and makes technical edits.

Final Consideration:

In addition to the proposed amendments contained in the Proposed Ordinance, Councilmembers may offer additional amendments for consideration by the Council.  As a result, persons interested in any of the issues raised in the Proposed Ordinances should make their views known at the public hearing on December 4, 2019.  Amendments that may be considered for adoption by the Council on December 4, 2019 or thereafter include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Modifying regulations for special events requiring a temporary use permit.

For more information:

The complete text of the Proposed Ordinances are available, and will be mailed to you, upon request to  the Clerk of the Council, Room 1200, King County Courthouse, 516 Third Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104, telephone 206-477-1020. Proposed Ordinance 2018-0241 is available on the County’s website at https://mkcclegisearch.kingcounty.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=3488987&GUID=C06F6D4A-A59E-422E-AF8B-AF39AD24762B&Options=ID|Text|&Search=2018-0241.  You may also view this notice at the Clerk’s page at https://www.kingcounty.gov/council/clerk/ordinances_advertised.aspx.

This notice is given in accordance with the provisions of RCW 36.32.120(7) and provides for the violation of the provisions thereof.

DATED at Seattle, Washington this 30th day of October, 2019.

 

METROPOLITAN KING COUNTY COUNCIL

KING COUNTY, WASHINGTON

Melani Pedroza

Clerk of the Council

 

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