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2017 Work Plan:  Annual Docket Item

Rural Lands


Project Description Anticipated
SEPA Process
Anticipated Completion Status
Rural Lands
(Plan & Regulatory Updates)

Wineries Code Adopted

Events Code Planning Commission Public Hearing Scheduled for 11/19/18


Board of Commissioners Public Hearing scheduled for December 11th

The Board of Island County Commissioners has scheduled a public hearing for the Events regulations. 

Date:         Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Time:        10:00 AM
Location:  Commissioner's Hearing Room (Basement)
                   1 NE 6th Street

The Board will discuss potential changes at their December 5th works session.  For proposed Ordinance C-127-18 related to special events, rural commercial events, and rural event centers click here.  For the public comment matrix click here. For proposed changes to the ordinance click here.

Draft 3.0 of Event Code Available for Review and Comment

After the Planning Commission reviewed the second draft of the new regulations for Events at their meeting on Monday, October 22nd, their comments were incorporated into a new draft of the regulations.  

Comments and Questions can be submitted to CompPlan@co.island.wa.us.


Board adopts new regulations for wineries, cideries, breweries, and distilleries

After a public hearing at their 9/4/18 meeting, the Board of Island County Commissioners adopted new regulations for wineries, cideries, breweries, and distilleries.  Please note these are NEW regulations, the County did not previously have code specific to these uses.  The ordinance adds definitions, adds the uses to the zoning districts that apply, and adds specific development standards. 


Project Summary


A review of rural lands issues began with the 2016 Comprehensive Plan update, but was deferred until after the update was completed.  The discussions will continue in 2018. 

Goals & Objectives

Evaluating potential regulatory updates related to the following activities occuring in rural areas.

  • Part 1. Winter/Spring 
    • Wineries, Cideries, Breweries & Distilleries
    • Events (Summer)
  • Part 2. Summer/Fall
    • Home Business & Home Industry

Although Comprehensive Plan changes are not anticipated they may also be discussed during the update process.  

Completed To Date

A significant amount of review and public engagement occurred during the 2016 Comprehensive Plan update; that input was utilized to develop the scope for this project.   


Completed To Date
​Scope of Work Approved
Baseline Assessment Final Draft​
Goals & Objectives Approved
Preliminary Code Options​
Draft Code​
Final Regulations & Ordinance​
Department of Commerce     WCBD Review Complete


Regulatory Options
Public Comment Matrix​ 4-24-18  Public Comment Matrix

Final Draft - Wineries, Cideries, Breweries, and Distilleries 

Board proposed changes to WCBD Ordinance, from the 7-23-18 work session

Next Steps

Staff will review and evaluate options and the Planning Commission will hold a series of workshops to review the event code options. 


Tentative Schedule

Planning Commission DATE Discussion Item

Code Overview


​Noise Management, Charity Events, and Other "Tension Points"

Review Draft 2.0

​10/22/18 ​Final Review of Code Components
​11/19/18 Planning Commission Public Hearing
​December 2018 ​Board Public Hearing


Staff Contact


Project Updates

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