Notice of Adoption
March 16, 2021 - The Board of County Commissioners adopted the Commercial Smokehouse ordinance at their regularly scheduled meeting on March 16, 2021 at 3pm. Select the Commercial Smokehouse Ordinance to view the signed and adopted ordinance. If you have questions, please contact email@example.com.
Thurston County is considering an amendment to the Title 20.54 Special use chapter of the zoning code. Development Code Docket # CR-4 - Johnson Smokehouse Special Use (Chapter 20.54) is a citizen
request by Gary Cooper of Local Planning Solutions to add commercial smokehouses as a special
use in rural zoning districts. The applicants are requesting this change because the late Johnson
Smokehouse facility, established in 1983, was destroyed by a fire in 2019 (it is currently being
rebuilt under existing home-based industry regulations, which limit size). Title 20 does not
currently define or permit this use as a special use. The amendment would allow commercial
smokehouses as a Special Use. While a smokehouse could still also be permitted as a Home-based
Industry in this zoning district, the Home-based Industry regulations only allow for up to 4,000
square feet structure and no more than 2 employees who do not reside on site. At the time of the
fire, the Johnson Smokehouse operation was 12,000 square feet, with nearly 20 employees
between the smokehouse and the supporting retail outlet.