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Cannabis Farm Setback Proposal

On Behalf of | Jun 8, 2018 | Agricultural Law, Land Use, Environmental Law


The Douglas County Planning Commission is holding a study session on June 13 to discuss a proposal to reduce outdoor setbacks for cannabis producers.  This proposal would reduce the current one-mile setback for outdoor cannabis production to a half mile if the edge of the farm fence is at least 1,000 feet higher in elevation than the nearest point of the urban growth boundary.

The idea to reduce the setback was initiated by a cannabis farmer who was interested in using property that was considerably higher than the outer edge of East Wenatchee’s urban growth boundary.  This sparked the conversation by Douglas County planners to factor in elevation differences for cannabis farms which the county hopes could help solve the issue of odor dispersion.

If this setback proposal is passed, it would not affect any of the other outdoor cannabis setbacks in Douglas County.  These include being a half mile from:

  • An off-premises house
  • Any individual lot in a cluster subdivision
  • Area zoned for rural recreation, rural service center or master planned resort


The public comment period on this issue ends on July 30.  To provide your opinion, or thoughts on the issue, attend the Douglas County Planning Commission meeting or mail them to the meeting location.

For additional questions or assistance, contact Lindsey Weidenbach at JDSA Law.