We want your feedback on marijuana businesses in unincorporated King County!
As part of its 2016 marijuana code update, the King County Council required the Department of Permitting and Environmental Review (DPER) to undertake a study of the legal marijuana industry in unincorporated King County. Though the study primarily focuses on land use and zoning, one area of study is whether residents of unincorporated King County are experiencing any impacts from existing state-licensed marijuana retailers, producers, and processors. These social concerns can often be an important factor in shaping land use policy.
In order to determine impacts, DPER is looking at crime statistics and complaint data from multiple agencies. We also want to hear directly from you!
- Have you or your community experienced impacts from the legal marijuana industry?
- Has the marijuana industry developed in an equitable and socially just way?
- How can King County improve its marijuana regulations for unincorporated areas?
Broadly, the King County Marijuana Land Use Study will look at five topics:
- Where are state-licensed marijuana retailers, producers, and processors located within the County? What patterns emerge?
- Under current zoning, and given state requirements, how much land is available in unincorporated areas for state-licensed marijuana businesses? Is it enough to meet the County’s allocation of licenses from the state?
- What impacts, if any, have state-licensed marijuana businesses had on unincorporated residents?
- Should marijuana businesses be allowed in additional zoning classes (NB or UR)? What development conditions are necessary if so?
- Are additional regulations needed to mitigate impacts on unincorporated residents, to provide a predictable, fair, and equitable review process for marijuana businesses, and to encourage retail establishments with medical marijuana endorsements?
When will the study be completed?
The study is scheduled to be transmitted to the King County Council by the end of 2018 and will be made publically available at that time.
Where are the marijuana businesses in King County located? Click here to see maps.
Questions? Concerns? Contact Jake Tracy, Associate Planner, at email@example.com