Clark County Winery Ordinance Passed
December 20, 2010
Clark County, WA started having a growing wine industry, and they realized that while they needed to support the industry for economic reasons, they needed to set out some regulations to help keep the peace. I had talked about it before in July.
County staff wrote up code regulating winery usage, and had some meetings to discuss it, of which I went to one. Basically, the issues with wineries wasn’t the actual wineries, it was the events held at the wineries. As a result, a lot of the code is aided at the events that would take place, such as concerts, weddings, etc. One piece of the code I find interesting is that 20% of the land must be in production to make wine. This is fine when you have a small area like 5 acres, but much more difficult to develop if you have 100 acres. One man at the meeting I attended suggested growing blackberries to solve the problem. Blackberries are a weed in this region, but can make wine!
On October 5, 2010, the Clark County Board of Commissioners approved the winery Ordinance 2010-10-02.
- The Oregonian: Clark County commissioners approve winery ordinance (see also Growing a Clark County wine industry)
- Wines & Vines: Making a Wine-Friendly County