Important Public Hearing on regulating marijuana production & processing in Thurston County

There will be an important Public Hearing on regulating 
marijuana production & processing in Thurston County:

November 8, 2016 @ 3:00 PM
at the Thurston County Courthouse
Building 1, 2000 Lakeridge Drive, Olympia

Please encourage all to attend to prevent the zoning of large-scale marijuana production
and processing facilities in rural residential Thurston County.

Since January 2014 there have been 8 Interim Ordinances. A final Ordinance was proposed on Sept. 20, 2016, to regulate the zoning of large-scale marijuana production and processing operations in Thurston County.
The first 5 Ordinances (#s: 14944, 14978, 15086, 15122, 15157) zoned marijuana production and processing within agricultural and rural residential areas of unincorporated Thurston County.  

Following public outcry, and a review, Ordinances #15210 (Nov. 10, 2015) and #15292 (May 10, 2015) restricted zoning of marijuana production and processing to Commercial and Industrial districts ONLY.

However, in the final Sept. 20, 2016 proposed Ordinance, held open for public comment until Oct. 3, 2016, zoning was RETURNED to agricultural and rural residential areas of unincorporated Thurston County.

88 public comments were sent to Kraig Chalem at Thurston County Resource Stewardship, by the October 3rddeadline. Concerns were expressed regarding the zoning of marijuana operations in rural residential neighborhoods. Due to this public outcry an extension to the Interim Ordinance was granted on Oct. 18, 2016 with another opportunity for public comment scheduled at 3:00PM on November 8, 2016. 

If you have concerns about: SAFETY OF YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD, DEGRADATION TO THE ENVIRONMENT, 8FT HIGH CHAIN-LINK FENCING, SKUNK-LIKE ODOR, LIGHT, AIR, NOISE, SOIL, AND WATER POLLUTION, CRIME, TRAFFIC, AQUIFER DEPLETION, DECREAS E OF PROPERTY VALUE, AND LOSS OF NEIGHBORHOOD CHARACTER

PLEASE TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW TO ATTEND THIS PUBLIC HEARING:
November 8, 2016 @ 3:00 PM

The attendance of hundreds of Thurston County residents opposing the zoning of large-scale marijuana operations in rural residential neighborhoods will convey a strong message that such zoning is not in the best interest of property owners and residents of Thurston County. 
  
No one wants to live beside, or within close distance to, the noise, pollution, smell, traffic, safety and criminal activity concerns related to large-scale ma rijuana operations. Without a strong Ordinance that protects citizenry, such facilities become very challenging to oppose once established in a neighborhood.  

Such large-scale disruptive commercial/industrial activities belong in appropriate industrial or commercially zoned areas of Thurston County. If they were appropriate to rural residential areas why must they be surrounded by eight-foot high chain-link fencing with security cameras around the perimeter?

See below for a list of the Interim Ordinances initiated by the Board of Commissioners since 2014, that first included, then did not include, then re-included (in the September 20, 2016 proposed final Ordinance), the zoning of marijuana production and processing facilities in rural residential areas of Thurston County. All Ordinances can be viewed online.

This link will take you to the proposed Ordinance to be discussed at the November 8, 2016 public hearing. Please study the zoning districts in this proposed final Ordinance for unincorporated Thurston County:

http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/planning/docket/docs/marijuana-regulations-proposed-ordiance-to-permanently-establish.pdf

TIMELINE OF OORDINANCES TO DATE:

“Title 20 TCC Zoning Ordinance for the unincorporated territory of Thurston County, WA, chapter 20.63TCC “State-Licensed Marijuana Producers, Processors and Retailers” shall read as follows:

20.63.040 Permitted Zoning Districts [agricultural/rural residential]

January 3, 2014: Interim Ordinance No. 14944
  1. Marijuana producers and associated Type 1 Processors shall be permitted in the following residential zoning districts:
    1. Chapter 20.08A Long term Agriculture District (LTA)
    2. Chapter 20.08C Nisqually Agriculture District (NA)
    3. Chapter 20.09 Rural Residential – One Unit per Five Acres (RR 1/5)
    4. Chapter 20.09A Rural Residential/Resource – One Unit per Five Acres (RRR 1/5)
    5. Chapter 20.09B Rural – One Dwelling Unit per Twenty Acres (R 1/20)
    6. Chapter 20.09C Rural – One Dwelling Unit per Ten Acres (R 1/10)
    7. Chapter 20.09D Urban Reserve – One Dwelling Unit per Five Acres
    8. Chapter 20.10 Residential LAMIRD – One Dwelling Unit per Two Acres (RL 1/2)
    9. Chapter 20.23 McAllister Geologically Sensitive Area District (MGSA)
INTERIM ORDINANCES IN THURSTON COUNTY:
  1. January 21, 2014: Interim Ordinance No. 14978 included all Chapters above
  2. October 28, 2014: Interim Ordinance No. 15086< /b> included all Chapters above
  3. April 7, 2015: Interim Ordinance No. 15122 included all Chapters above
  4. July 7, 2015: Interim Ordinance No. 15157 included Chapters c. thru i.
  5. October 6, 2015: Interim Ordinance No. 15189 zoning missing in file
  6. November 10, 2015: Interim Ordinance No. 1 5210 new zoning below:
    1. Chapter 20.27 Planned Industrial Park District (PI)
    2. Chapter 20.28 Light Industrial District (LI)
    3. Chapter 20.29 Rural Resource Industrial District (RRI)
    4. Chapter 20.24 Rural Commercial Center District (RCC)
  7. May 10, 2016: Interim Ordinance No. 15292 only allowed zoning below:
    1. Chapter 20.27 Planned Industrial Park District (PI)
    2. Chapter 20.28 Light Industrial District (LI)
    3. Chapter 20.29 Rural Resource Industrial District (RRI)
    4. Chapter 20.24 Rural Commercial Center District (RCC)
  8. September 20, 2016: Proposed Ordinance Chapters a. thru f. REINSTATED

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION SEE RESEARCH AND ARTICLE BELOW.

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