Policy Summary

Establishes design standards and permitted uses for urban agriculture for the city of Olympia's neighborhoods (including residential areas), including animal husbandry and beekeeping standards, and small commercial urban farms.

Background Information

State Washington
Jurisdiction Name Thurston County
Jurisdiction Type County,
Population Size 200,000-800,000
Legal Strategies
  • Expressly allows something
  • Requires something, sets standards
Reach Limited scope
Applies to the city of Olympia within the county, but not the entire county (although other cities in the county may also have similar provisions).
Food System Category Grow; Get;
Evidence for Health

This policy may correspond to diet-related strategies identified by the County Health Rankings’ What Works for Health tool, including:

For research on the potential effectiveness, please review the category links above.

We understand that this information is not comprehensive. It also does not include other important forms of evidence such as community members’ lived experiences and practice-based evidence.

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?

Health-related goal?

"healthy lifestyle and food choices for the community" (23.14.070 F), "All agricultural activities must comply with Article VI — Rules and Regulations of the Thurston County Board of Health Governing Nonpoint Source Pollution" (23.14.080 B.8)

Environmental goal?

Beekeeping for pollination purposes (23.14.080 B.4)."Agricultural uses shall employ best management practices (BMPs), such as may be included in a Conservation Plan developed by the Thurston Conservation District or in the Drainage Design and Erosion Control Manual for Thurston County (2009)" (23.14.080 B.8).

Economic goal?

"Encourage the preservation of good agricultural uses for their value as economic assets" (23.14.070 F)

Includes findings?

Has a stated intent or purpose?

The intent of this chapter is to develop opportunities for a range of urban agriculture activities; define levels of urban agriculture; establish design standards; encourage and support urban agricultural opportunities for individuals, families, and community groups; and encourage the preservation of good agricultural uses. 23.14.070

Includes definitions?

Chapter 22.04

Addresses implementation?

Enforcement provisions?

Title 26 code enforcement includes enforcement and penalties for several codes including Title 22

Evaluation component?

Requires extra investment?

Code context and ordinance history

Title 23, Olympia Urban Growth Area Zoning, Chapter 23.14 --Urban Agriculture. History: Ord. No. 15304, § 2(Att. A) (6-7-2016).


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