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East Wenatchee, Wash., Ord. No. 2013-03 (May 28, 2013)
Brief 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.
Legal Strategies
Expressly allows something.
Requires something, sets standards.
Reach
Community-wide
Food System Category: Grow, Get
State: Washington
Jurisdiction Type: City
Jurisdiction Name: East Wenatchee
Does the law refer to priority populations in some way?
No.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to improving or protecting health?
Yes. "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)).
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal of fostering improved environmental conditions?
Unclear. 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.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to promoting or supporting the community's economy?
No.
Does the law include findings (including jurisdiction-specific findings), or are there findings in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. 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.
Does the law have a stated intent or purpose, or is there an intent or purpose in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. "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)).
Does the law include definitions, or are there definitions in the section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. Sec.3.
Does the law address implementation in some way?
Unclear. "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).
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
No.
Does the law include an evaluation component, beyond reporting on activity?
Unclear. 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)).
Does the law require an extra or atypical financial or resource investment?
No.
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.