Agritourism

Yakima County is conducting a review of the Development Code (Yakima County Code Title 19) regarding the permitting of wineries, breweries, and distilleries (WB&D), agricultural tourism operations, special occasion event permits associated with these land uses, and outdoor festivals. This review process intends to determine if the Yakima County Code adequately addresses these land uses, primarily when located within the Agricultural zoning district. The goal is to add more clarity to the current regulations, which were adopted when Yakima County’s wine and craft beverage industry was in its infancy. 

Agritourism Advisory Group 

The County wants your thoughts on the way forward regarding the permitting of wineries, breweries, and distilleries (WB&Ds), agricultural tourism operations, special occasion event permits associated with these land uses, and outdoor festivals.  We invite you to contact us if you are interested in joining the advisory group.  This group will consist of agencies of interest and subject matter experts within the WB&D and ATO industry to provide feedback to staff on proposed changes to goals, policies, and any regulations. 

Meeting 5 June 16, 2021 2:00 P.M. POSTPONED until June 23

Planning Commission

Planning Commission is a citizen advisory group assembled of citizens.  Among other tasks, they review any changes proposed to the development code.  We anticipate a few meetings with the Planning Commission to get through all the proposed changes.  After their review of the proposed changes, they will hold a public hearing and make a final recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners.

Advisory Group Comment Letters

Review Schedule

The review will begin in early 2001 and will continue for approximately one year. It will conclude when the Board of County Commissioners adopts the revised development regulations and Horizon 2040 Comprehensive Plan Goals if needed.

Step 1 Visioning and Community Outreach                                                                     Spring- 2021

Step 2 Planning Commission Study Session(s) and Hearing(s)                                           Summer- 2021

Step 3 Board of County Commissioners Hearing(s)                                                          Summer/Fall- 2021

Step 4 Implementation                                                                                                 After BOCC Adoption

Environmental Review                                                                                                  Concurrently


Where Are We Now

Step 2 - Planning Commission

Contact Olivia Story at: 509-574-2300 or longrangeplanning@co.yakima.wa.us