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Skagit County is reviewing what agritourism means to the County’s agricultural community, rural residents, and other stakeholders. Skagit County will explore and analyze agritourism activities in Skagit County to develop a report on the economics of agritourism, a current assessment of County policies, and relevant case studies. The study is anticipated to address the current situation with farm stands and value added activities, agricultural recreation, and options for other types of agritourism, such as potentially allowing food service on farms, wedding venues, temporary event spaces, etc.

Based on feedback from research and policy proposals from County staff, a legislative proposal will be developed for consideration by the Skagit County Planning Commission and Board of County Commissioners. This process will allow the County to propose amendments to the Comprehensive Plan, zoning map, and development regulations, with input from the public and stakeholders, to address agritourism.

Agritourism Code Changes Remanded to the Skagit County Planning Commission

On June 24, 2024, the Skagit County Board of County Commissioners passed Resolution #R20240132 remanding the agritourism code changes recommended by the Planning Commission and the Agricultural Advisory Board back to the Planning Commission for additional work, study, review and refinement, including additional public comment and hearing. The schedule of future public meetings relating to agritourism code changes will be announced on a later date.

Submission Required to Assert Existing Use Rights.

Within 180 days of final publication of Administrative Official Interpretation 2024-01), any landowner seeking to assert existing rights referenced in Ordinance No. 20240001 must submit the following materials to Skagit County Planning and Development Services.

Email this form and all supporting documentation to no later than Tuesday, September 17. Attach additional pages as needed or required.



Staff used public input and survey results to develop a preferred policy option and create code language for the Planning Commission to evaluate over the summer. The Planning Commission will host a public hearing in July 2022 to hear additional feedback on the code language, then they will vote on a recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners. Once the recommendation has been finalized, the County Commissioners will review the recommendation and staff analysis to decide on final action for agritourism.
June 24, 2024


After the situation assessment report was released, staff evaluated public response and developed three policy options the County could pursue for agritourism activities. These three options were released in a report in March 2022, with details on which activities would be allowed under each option and the benefits and drawbacks of each policy proposal. Staff hosted multiple public workshops to hear feedback from the public on the three options and released a second survey for additional comments. The public engagement and survey responses were compiled into a report, which was published in June 2022.


Skagit County contracted with BERK Consulting to assist with the agritourism study. The situation assessment phase is part of a discovery phase to document current agricultural trends and conditions in Skagit County. County staff evaluated current practices for agritourism activites and contrasted them with case studies from other jurisdictions. Staff also conducted local discussion groups and released a public engagement survey to develop a common understanding of agritourism and the public interest in the direction of the study overall.  The Situation Assessment Report was released in September 2021 and was shared with local stakeholders, such as producers, businesses, and local residents.

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The Skagit County Planning Commission meets every other Tuesday at 6:00 PM PST. For additional information on participating in a planning commission meeting, please visit: Commenting in a Meeting.

For more information, please contact:
Robby Eckroth, AICP
Senior Planner
Skagit County Planning & Development Services