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Smokehouse Code Amendment

What's New:
  • February 16, 2021 -  The Board of County Commissioners has scheduled a public hearing for March 16, 2021 at 3 PM or soon thereafter in Room 280 Building 1 of the Thurston County Courthouse, 2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW, Olympia, WA 98502. A PDF copy of the legal notice is available under the Document Center below. Those wishing to testify should either appear and be heard or connect via Zoom and be heard. Meeting information and ways to attend the meeting, will be posted on the Board’s Public Hearings Page (link). The public may submit written or emailed comments on proposed changes to Title 20 pertaining to the Commercial Smokehouse code amendment. The proposed ordinance and related documents are available below.
    • To submit an emailed comment, please visit the Public Participation Opportunity section below and follow the link.
    • To submit a mailed comment, please mail to Andrew Boughan, Associate Planner, Community Planning and Economic Development, Building 1, 2nd Floor, 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia WA 98502.


Project Description

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. 


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**The project timeline is tenatitive and subject to change.


Public Participation Opportunity

Thank you for your interest in the  CR-4 - Johnson Smokehouse Special Uses (Chapter 20.54) docket item. If you would like to participate in the public process, please click Comment on the Smokehouse Code Amendment to provide comments on this proposal.