Chapter 18.40
A-D DRYLAND AGRICULTURE DISTRICT

Sections:

18.40.010    Purpose.

18.40.020    Permitted uses.

18.40.030    Accessory uses.

18.40.040    Conditional uses.

18.40.050    Prohibited uses.

18.40.060    Development standards.

18.40.070    Performance standards.

18.40.080    Density.

18.40.010 Purpose.

The purpose of the A-D dryland agricultural district is to recognize and acknowledge the importance of dryland agricultural lands and related activities to the economic livelihood of Douglas County. Existing and future agricultural activities are permanent land uses as well as a significant economic function within the community. The predominant uses within this district will be grain crop production and livestock production, with some areas participating in the federal conservation reserve program. This district is intended to preserve and encourage these activities as viable operations and to protect them from the encroachment of incompatible uses. (Ord. TLS 03-01-01B Exh. B (part): Ord. TLS 97-10-71B Exh. F (part))

18.40.020 Permitted uses.

The following uses are permitted outright in the A-D district:

A.     Agricultural uses such as the cultivation of fruit and nut trees, grape vines, row crop production or other horticultural stock, nonretail greenhouses and nurseries, and the keeping of livestock and poultry, subject to the provisions of DCC Chapter 18.16;

B.     Agriculturally related industry;

C.     Aquaculture;

D.     Single-family dwelling;

E.     Duplex dwelling subject to the density provisions established in DCC Section 18.40.080;

F.     Shop buildings, barns, and/or home storage facilities for the storage of harvested crops and/or machinery, equipment and supplies necessary to agricultural operations including product from other agriculturists for compensation;

G.     Agriculture support activities for Ag-to-Ag transfers, family farm support divisions, and limited lot segregations pursuant to DCC Chapter 18.16;

H.    Structures for the storage of personal property, such as private garages and carport structures, equipment buildings or storage sheds, not intended for human habitation as living quarters;

I.     Secondary, satellite chemical fertilizer/pesticide storage facility;

J.     Community halls and granges;

K.     Bed and breakfast operations with three or fewer rooms;

L.     Riding stables, horse boarding/training facilities;

M.     Clustering of existing lots in accordance with DCC Section 18.16.044;

N.     Cluster divisions in accordance with DCC Section 18.16.046;

O.    Short-term inert waste storage/treatment piles;

P.    Utility distribution/transmission facility in accordance with DCC Section 18.16.320;

Q.    Grain storage (commercial elevator);

R.    Agricultural market, in conformance with the standards of DCC Section 18.80.300 and on a parcel located adjacent to a state highway; and

S.    Marijuana production and processing facilities subject to the standards of DCC Chapter 18.86. (Ord. TLS 16-05-34C § 1 Exh. A (part); Ord. TLS 15-12-32B Exh. B (part); Ord. TLS 13-05-23B Exh. B (part); Ord. TLS 12-10-17B Exh. B (part); Ord. TLS 09-10-49D Exh. B (part); Ord. TLS 05-02-34B Att. B (part): Ord. TLS 03-01-01B Exh. B (part): Ord. TLS 01-04-07B Exh. B (part); Ord. TLS 97-10-71B Exh. F (part))

18.40.030 Accessory uses.

The following are considered accessory uses to the permitted uses:

A.    In-home day care;

B.    Home fruit stands in accordance with DCC Chapter 18.16;

C.    Accessory agricultural housing for workers employed in the owner’s operation, in accordance with DCC Chapter 18.16;

D.    Accessory structures for the storage of personal property, such as private garages and carport structures, equipment buildings or storage sheds, not intended for human habitation as living quarters;

E.    Accessory structures for the keeping and raising of livestock/poultry and general farming including barns, shops, product storage facilities, and shelters, provided the agricultural products are produced on site or on other lands owned/controlled by the owner/operator;

F.    Agritainment; and

G.    Accessory dwelling units subject to the provisions of DCC Chapter 18.16. (Ord. TLS 12-10-17B Exh. B (part); Ord. TLS 05-01 Att. B (part): Res. TLS 04-39 Att. (part): Ord. TLS 03-01-01B Exh. B (part): Ord. TLS 01-04-07B Exh. B (part); Ord. TLS 00-02-06 Exh. B (part): Ord. TLS 97-10-71B Exh. F (part))

18.40.040 Conditional uses.

Those uses designated in the conditional use permit matrix as conditional uses and approved pursuant to DCC Chapter 18.80; provided, that the development standards of this chapter are met. (Ord. TLS 03-01-01B Exh. B (part): Ord. TLS 97-10-71B Exh. F (part))

18.40.050 Prohibited uses.

The following are prohibited uses in the A‑D district:

A.    Accumulation of junk materials;

B.    Advertising displays or structures;

C.    Signs, except as provided in DCC Chapters 18.80 and 20.44; and

D.    Marijuana cooperatives as defined and described in RCW 69.51A.250 as it now exists or may hereafter be amended. (Ord. TLS-17-01-02B Exh. A (part); Ord. TLS 03-01-01B Exh. B (part): Ord. TLS 97-10-71B Exh. F (part))

18.40.060 Development standards.

Development in the A-D district shall meet all of the applicable provisions of the DCC and the following requirements:

A.    Yard Area and Setbacks. All buildings and structures shall meet the minimum provisions in DCC Chapter 18.16, except agriculturally related industry buildings, parking areas and all support activities shall be set back one hundred feet from any side or rear property lines when adjoining an urban growth area, RSC or residential district;

B.    Lot Size. Twenty acres, or one thirty-secondth of a section minimum, including that area to the centerline of public rights-of-way, except for lots created under the provisions of DCC Sections 18.16.044, 18.16.046 and 18.16.220;

C.    Lot Width. Three hundred feet minimum width, except for lots created under the provisions of DCC Sections 18.16.044, 18.16.046 and 18.16.220. These lots shall have a minimum width of seventy feet;

D.    Lot Coverage. The maximum lot coverage shall be calculated at thirty-five percent for the first acre and twenty percent for the remaining land area, except agriculturally related industries shall be determined by compliance with all applicable provisions of county code, including without limitation landscaping, parking, stormwater, setbacks, and building/fire and life safety requirements;

E.    Building Height. Thirty-five feet maximum height for all nonagricultural buildings and structures and forty feet for agricultural buildings and structures. Grain elevators are exempt from maximum height standards of this chapter;

F.    Packing houses, warehouses, refrigerated storage and similar activities located on a state highway or arterial road shall address the requirements of DCC Section 18.16.210 in the project design and operation phases. Only one access point to the state highway or to the arterial road shall be allowed unless otherwise authorized by the WSDOT or the county engineer as appropriate. The access location and improvements shall be made in accordance with the specifications of the WSDOT or the county engineer as appropriate; and

G.    Development Standards. Landscaping, off-street parking and loading, road improvements and stormwater drainage shall be provided in accordance with DCC Title 20. (Ord. TLS 13-12-40B Exh. B (part); Ord. TLS 03-01-01B Exh. B (part): Ord. TLS 00-02-06 Exh. B (part): Ord. TLS 97-10-71B Exh. F (part))

18.40.070 Performance standards.

A.    Resource disclosure statements shall be required when applicable in accordance with DCC Chapter 18.16.

B.    Cluster developments located adjacent to urban growth areas or RSC districts shall be designed to allow efficient conversion of the reserve tracts not designated as critical areas in order to allow future uses. The arrangement of clustered building lots shall allow access to the reserve tract and provide for the logical extension of public roads and facilities. (Ord. TLS 11-06-33B Exh. B (part): Ord. TLS 03-01-01B Exh. B (part): Ord. TLS 97-10-71B Exh. F (part))

18.40.080 Density.

The maximum density in the A-D district shall be one dwelling unit per twenty acres, except as provided in DCC Chapter 18.16 for accessory dwelling units and lots created under the provisions of DCC Section 18.16.220, Agricultural support. (Ord. TLS 12-02-05 Exh. B (part): Ord. TLS 11-06-33B Exh. B (part): Ord. TLS 09-10-49D Exh. B (part): Ord. TLS 03-01-01B Exh. B (part): Ord. TLS 97-10-71B Exh. F (part))