Chapter 17.47
AGRICULTURAL TOURISM

Sections:

17.47.010    Purpose statement.

17.47.020    Conflicts with other regulations.

17.47.030    General standards.

17.47.040    Low intensity uses.

17.47.050    Moderate intensity uses.

17.47.060    High intensity uses.

17.47.070    Short-term events.

17.47.010 Purpose statement.

The purpose of the agricultural tourism regulations is:

A. To implement the goals and policies of the city of Chelan’s comprehensive plan, which include maintaining and enhancing natural resource-based industry; identifying and implementing programs, projects and/or regulatory changes that remove barriers and improve viability of agricultural industries; promoting and supporting efforts to diversify the agricultural industry through agritourism, wineries and other value-added agricultural products, and produce stands; and enhancing and expanding tourism in the Chelan Valley.

B. To preserve Chelan’s agricultural identity in a way that supports the local economy, retains neighborhood character and the high quality of the environment, and is consistent with state and local goals for the Chelan urban growth area.

C. To enable the development of supplemental sources of on-farm income that support, promote, and sustain agricultural operations.

D. To provide clear authority for agricultural landowners to develop and expand agricultural tourism in zoning districts where it will enhance economic development without impeding urban growth. (Ord. 1477 § 5 (Exh. C) (part), 2014).

17.47.020 Conflicts with other regulations.

Where there is a conflict between the provisions of this chapter and any other code provisions, the conflict shall be resolved by the administrator based on the purpose and intent of each chapter, the goals expressed in the city’s comprehensive plan and the Growth Management Act, and any relevant health or safety considerations. (Ord. 1477 § 5 (Exh. C) (part), 2014).

17.47.030 General standards.

General standards for all agricultural tourism uses shall be as follows:

A. New agricultural tourism structures shall be consistent with the size, scale, and intensity of the existing agricultural use of the property and the existing buildings on the site.

B. New agricultural tourism uses shall be located, designed and operated so as not to interfere with normal agricultural practices on and off site.

C. Agricultural tourism development, including new buildings, parking, or supportive uses, shall not be located outside the general area already developed for buildings and residential uses and shall not otherwise convert more than two acres of agricultural land to nonagricultural uses or nonresource use.

D. Impervious surface limits, signage and parking standards shall be the same as those of the zoning district in which the agricultural tourism use is located.

E. Agricultural tourism uses shall comply with all applicable federal, state, and local standards and requirements, including those of the city’s public works department, the Chelan-Douglas health district, and the Washington State Department of Health.

F. Safe vehicular access and customer parking shall be provided on site. Vehicles must not be required to back onto public roads. Structures and parking shall be located outside of public rights-of-way.

G. Outdoor lighting shall comply with Chapter 17.62, Outdoor Lighting on Public and Private Property.

H. Hours of operation may be limited as deemed necessary to minimize adverse impacts to neighboring properties.

I. Agricultural tourism activities or events allowed pursuant to this section shall not involve motorized off-road vehicle (ORV) racing or similar motor vehicle activities.

J. Parcel-Size Standards.

1. Unless otherwise specified, the minimum parcel size for new agricultural tourism uses is ten acres, with the following exception: multiple contiguous parcels equaling at least ten acres and held under common ownership, or under separate ownership but operated jointly as an agricultural tourism enterprise, may be combined to meet the parcel size standards, provided:

a. All property owners must sign an agreement to operate the subject parcels as an agricultural tourism enterprise. Said agreement shall describe the property and shall be recorded with the Chelan County auditor’s office.

b. In the case of multiple parcels held under common ownership, the use must cease if sale of one or more parcels reduces the size of the agricultural tourism site below ten acres, unless all new owners enter into an agreement as described above.

c. In the case of multiple contiguous parcels under separate ownership, the use must cease if either:

i. The agreement to operate the site jointly as an agricultural tourism enterprise ends; or

ii. If sale of one or more parcels reduces the size of the agricultural tourism site below ten acres, unless all new owners enter into an agreement as described above.

2. Other exceptions to the ten-acre minimum parcel size may be considered through a variance process in accordance with Chapter 17.64 CMC.

K. Maximum Structure Size. Unless otherwise specified, the maximum size for new structures related to an agricultural tourism use is ten thousand square feet. Existing buildings may be used for agricultural tourism uses regardless of size.

L. The administrator shall determine whether an unlisted use is low, moderate, or high intensity or prohibited based on similarity to a listed use and likely impacts of the unlisted use. (Ord. 1477 § 5 (Exh. C) (part), 2014).

17.47.040 Low intensity uses.

Low intensity uses that support, promote, or sustain agricultural operations are permitted as accessory uses in zoning districts in which agricultural tourism uses are allowed. Building, food handling, or other permits may be required.

A. The following low intensity uses are allowed accessory to any permitted use in zoning districts in which agricultural tourism uses are allowed, with no minimum parcel size:

1. Cottage food operations meeting the standards of Chapter 69.22 RCW and Chapter 16-149 WAC, as amended, and direct sale of cottage food products not involving new structures.

2. Sales of produce specifically exempted from local licensing requirements by RCW 36.71.090.

B. The following low intensity uses are allowed accessory to a permitted agricultural use in zoning districts in which agricultural tourism uses are allowed:

1. Agriculture-related experiences not involving a building or structure, and support services that facilitate those experiences. Examples include manned and unmanned seasonal uses related to crop harvest (such as you-pick vegetable and berry picking, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, Christmas tree sales, and hay rides), sleigh rides, and organized group activities such as farm tours and agricultural clinics with no overnight accommodations.

2. Food and beverage service incidental to allowed agriculture-related experiences. This provision is not intended to classify restaurants or other stand-alone food and beverage establishments as low intensity uses.

3. Farm stands for direct sale of agricultural products grown and/or produced on site. (Ord. 1477 § 5 (Exh. C) (part), 2014).

17.47.050 Moderate intensity uses.

A. Moderate intensity uses are subject to a Type IIB permitting process (or, for sites in the unincorporated UGA, a full administrative review).

B. Moderate intensity uses shall be located on a working farm or any agricultural, horticultural or agribusiness operation where agriculture is the primary use of the property. Such uses include:

1. Production of value-added products from produce grown locally on or off site, for sale on site.

2. Sales of regional agricultural products (including value-added products from one or more producers) involving facilities up to one thousand five hundred square feet of floor area. At least seventy-five percent of the merchandise offered for sale shall be regional agricultural products as defined in the CMC. Up to twenty-five percent of the merchandise may be ancillary products.

3. Agriculture-related experiences involving a building or structure, and support services that facilitate those experiences. Examples include seminars or classes, zip lines, and tours of production facilities.

4. Home stay establishments offering up to four guest units, subject to the following:

a. Minimum parcel size is ten acres.

b. The administrator may reduce the number of units allowed based on parcel size, the presence of critical areas, the amount of farm worker housing (if any), and other factors that affect the impacts of the home stay establishment on the neighborhood and the environment, including impacts on the circulation system.

c. The maximum size of each guest unit shall be six hundred square feet of floor area.

d. Each guest unit may contain a kitchen.

e. The maximum length of stay is thirty days per visit.

f. The maximum number of guests is sixteen overnight guests per day.

g. Guest units shall be contained within an existing building or home, or in one or more new buildings located within a single one-acre, nonagricultural area to reduce impacts to agricultural lands.

h. All applicable local, state and federal permits and licenses shall be obtained prior to establishing a home stay establishment, including any required Washington State Department of Health licenses.

5. Off-site tasting rooms as defined in the Chelan Municipal Code (CMC).

6. Short-term events up to ten days per year, such as catered functions, wedding services, concerts for which an admission fee is charged, and wine, beer, or harvest festivals, subject to the standards in Section 17.47.070.

C. Food and beverage service is allowed accessory to a working farm or any agricultural, horticultural or agribusiness operation where agriculture is the primary use of the property, or to a small-scale craft beverage production use, provided lounge/bar area is limited to twenty-five percent of the floor area of the restaurant. (Ord. 1477 § 5 (Exh. C) (part), 2014).

17.47.060 High intensity uses.

The following conditional uses are subject to the general standards in this chapter and to Chapter 17.56:

A. Wineries, whether located on a site where agriculture is the primary use of the property or not. Wineries permitted under this section may include production building space in excess of ten thousand square feet.

B. Sales of regional agricultural products (including value-added products from one or more producers) involving facilities over one thousand five hundred square feet of floor area. At least seventy-five percent of the merchandise offered for sale shall be regional agricultural products as defined in the CMC. Up to twenty-five percent of the merchandise may be ancillary products.

C. Home stay establishments offering up to twenty guest units to overnight guests per day, subject to the following:

1. Requirements (b) through (e), (g), and (h) for moderate intensity home stay establishments listed in Section 17.47.050(B)(4).

2. Minimum parcel size is four acres. Property area per home stay unit shall be approximately one-half acre per unit; provided, that buildings may be clustered centrally on the subject property.

3. The maximum number of overnight guests per day shall be no more than four times the number of guest units.

D. Short-term events up to twenty-one days per year, such as catered functions, wedding services, concerts for which an admission fee is charged, and wine, beer, or harvest festivals, subject to the standards in Section 17.47.070.

E. Off-site tasting rooms as defined in the Chelan Municipal Code. (Ord. 1533 § 6 (Exh. 44) (part), 2017: Ord. 1477 § 5 (Exh. C) (part), 2014).

17.47.070 Short-term events.

A. The following standards apply to short-term events permitted under Sections 17.47.050 and 17.47.060:

1. The primary use of the property shall be agriculture, with the exception of sites with an approved beverage production use.

2. Events shall be limited to three consecutive days per event, with a minimum of ten days between events unless otherwise approved by the planning and building department.

3. On-site parking shall be provided in accordance with Title 25, Section 9, Parking Standards.

4. The on-site manager or owner shall provide the city with written notification of the date, time, duration and description of any short-term event at least ten business days prior to the beginning of the event. The administrator may impose additional requirements, including notification requirements, based on the anticipated impacts of the event.

5. For short-term events lasting two or more days and with an expected daily attendance exceeding two hundred individuals, the on-site manager or owner shall provide written notification of the date, time, duration and description of the event to all landowners adjacent to the event site, any landowners within three hundred feet of the site, and any landowners likely to be impacted by event traffic. Notification shall occur at least five business days prior to the beginning of the event.

B. Short-term events permitted in this chapter are not considered special events and are not subject to Chapter 5.50, Special Event License. (Ord. 1477 § 5 (Exh. C) (part), 2014).