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king county winery policy under review
By: Karen ~ 6/15/2016

Courtesy of our friends at Matthews Winery

At this time, King County is working to develop policy recommendations and code changes affecting the wine industry through a group that they’ve convened called the Sammamish Valley Area Wine & Beverage Industry Study.  They are considering changes to the code like:

 ·       Regulating the location and size of production facilities

 ·       Regulating the operations of tasting rooms and potential impacts

 ·       Regulating winery events and hours of operations

The study group is asking for public input on these changes and we would like to ask for your participation in the process. Please join us on June 15th and make your voice heard.

We feel lucky to be a part of one of Washington’s top tourist destinations right here in the Sammamish Valley. Across this industry here, most of us can agree that the regulations related to wineries are outdated, and at times, provide challenges to operating a winery here. Updating them through this process could give wineries the ability to promote and grow their winery business while also protecting and promoting the treasured agriculture land that we all value here. That’s our hope coming out of the process, but we need your help to make sure all of our voices are heard.  

The notice below is provided by King County with links on the study and also a place to post your comments and questions if you are not able to attend the June 15th meeting.  Thank you again for your support of the winery industry in our area

Public Meeting

Sammamish Valley Area Wine & Beverage Industry Study

June 15, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Brightwater Treatment Center

22505 State Route 9 SE, Woodinville, WA 98072

King County is working to develop policy recommendations that will help to support and manage the burgeoning wine and beverage industry in the Sammamish Valley area while improving the interface of the industry with the surrounding communities.

The primary objectives of the study are to develop policy and code recommendations for King County in the areas of economic development, transportation (including circulation, parking, and access), land use and agriculture.

This public meeting is an opportunity for Sammamish Valley residents to learn more about the project and provide their feedback.

Public Meeting Schedule

6:30 - 7 p.m. — Open house

7 - 7:30 p.m. — Presentation and Q&A

7:30 - 8 p.m. — Open house cont.

 If you can't attend in person, you can also leave your comments through our website and stay updated on the project here. Thank you for your participation.     

http://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/executive/performance-strategy-budget/regional-planning/Sammamish-Valley-Area-Wine-and-Beverage-Industry-Study.aspx