Agritourism in Thurston County

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1. Are you in favor of creating an agritourism district in south Thurston County which would allow for expanded agriculturally related commercial and tourist related venues and activities? Examples include: small scale wineries and breweries, wine tasting rooms, country inns, expanded direct marketing opportunities such as farm stands, farm stores, farmers markets, overnight farm stays, agricultural festivals, hands-on farm activities and other farm experiences.
2. Which of the following uses should be allowed in an Agritourism District? Try to choose at least five of your preferred uses.
3. Is a limit of six guest rooms reasonable for country inns within the proposed Agritourism Overlay District?
4. Should country inns (which may include overnight accommodations and/or restaurant and lounge) be permitted in areas zoned Long-term Agriculture? *The Long-term Ag. (LTA) District is zoned primarily for agriculture and represents less than 10% of the proposed Agritourism Overlay District.
5. If country inns are allowed in the Long-term Agriculture District, is a limit of three (3) rooms or (3) small cabins a reasonable limit to maintain rural character and reduce conflicts with commercial agricultural operations?
6. Should the County consider flexibility of maximum building height for agritourism uses within the Agritourism Overlay District (AOD). (Current max. height is 35-feet for most structures and 30-feet for country inns).
7. Should the County consider reduced cost presubmission conference fees for Agritourism uses in the AOD? (*current fee is $945).
8. Comments and questions. What do you believe are the biggest road blocks to developing an agritourism operation in Thurston County?
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