Policy Summary

The ordinance amends the city's zoning code to allow residents to keep farm animals for personal uses and engage in agricultural practices in certain residential zones.

Background Information

State Washington
Jurisdiction Name East Wenatchee
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 5,000-50,000
Legal Strategies
  • Expressly allows something
  • Requires something, sets standards
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Grow; Get;
Evidence for Health

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Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?

Health-related goal?

"Approval of the proposal will not be detrimental to the public health…", property should be maintained in compliance with health district regulations Section 7, 17.72.200(D) (Sec. 8.B(4))

Environmental goal?

The city was required to conduct some kind of environmental impact review per state law, and found that there was unlikely to be an adverse environmental impact.

Economic goal?

Includes findings?

Section 8 includes findings that the amendment is consistent with the city's comprehensive plan, and that an Environmental Checklist was completed with a finding that there would be no significant environmental impact.

Has a stated intent or purpose?

"The purpose of this ordinance is to provide more flexibility for residents to keep livestock and poultry for personal use in residential areas and includes standards to ensure that the property is maintained in a manner that respects the residential neighborhood and the good health of the animals" (Sec. 1(3)).

Includes definitions?


Addresses implementation?

"Annual Review by Planning Commission. The implementation of this section must be reviewed by the Planning Commission with a report submitted by the Planning Commission to the City Council on or about the one year anniversary date of adoption of Ordinance No. 2013-03." Secion 7, Amendment 5, new section 17.72.200 (L).

Enforcement provisions?

Evaluation component?

Mentions an annual review of the implementation of the law by the Planning Commission, where the Commission is required to submit a report to the City Council. It is unclear if this report measures the law's performance (Sec. 17.72.200(L)).

Requires extra investment?

Code context and ordinance history

Uncodifed ordinance amending the East Wenatchee Municipal Code by adding new definitions in chapter 17.08, amending sections 17.24.030, 17.28.020, 7.28.030, 17.32.020, 17.32.030 and 17.72.200. Codified version was not checked for updates because multiple code sections were involved.


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