Chelan County Planning Commission to recommend banning outdoor marijuana farms


Outdoor marijuana farms would be banned in Chelan County under new rules being drafted by the planning commission. The proposal was discussed during a joint session of the Planning and County Commissioners.

The recommendation comes after months of study by the Planning Commission with input from the public and an advisory citizens working group.  The County imposed a ban on new pot producers and processors until new regulations were established to mitigate impacts such as odors and bright lights on neighboring property owners.

Chelan County Planning Commission

Planning commission develops recommendations

“Planning Commission is going to recommend to the board of commissioners not to allow outdoor grows,” said Chelan County Planner Mike Wojtowicz. “Indoor grows would be allowed here in Chelan County in certain circumstances.”

Wojtowicz added that the commission is also exploring ideas of “filtering the odor and masking the light from some of the existing structures out there.”

Wojtowicz says the Planning Commission will gather again on March 1st to formally make its recommendations.