County planning commission says 'no' to easing agritourism rules


December 20, 2023

Building made of old barn wood at Christianson's Nursery.

Nancy Crowell

EVENTS SPACE--This building, designed to host events at Christianson's Nursery, was built out of repurposed wood from a barn torn down on Fir Island. John Christianson was one of many small business owners who spoke passionately in favor of agritourism at a public meeting.

In the latest step in the process of reviewing and perhaps changing county code around agritourism, the Skagit County Planning Commissioners voted 5 to 2 to recommend that Skagit County Commissioners adopt the changes to Skagit County code proposed by the county's Agricultural Advisory Board.

The Ag Advisory Board proposes regulating agritourism events as temporary events – and reducing the number of permitted temporary events a venue may host from 24 to 12 a year.

It also recommends restricting the use of farm buildings to farming only. Other uses of barns, granaries and other outbuild...

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