Seattle City Council asks for comments on land use codes and cannabis

From the City of Seattle:

Councilmembers Nick Licata and Sally Clark are proposing to amend the Land Use Code in response to recently enacted state laws regarding the production, processing, selling, and delivery of marijuana and marijuana products. In the course of its review of those amendments, the Council is considering the following additional amendments and invites your written comments.

An amendment to increase the proposed maximum size of indoor agricultural operations in Manufacturing and Industrial Centers to as much as 50,000 sq. ft.

An amendment to allow existing businesses to continue operation after the proposed regulations go into effect

An amendment to clarify the definition of “food processing” uses

An amendment to modify the amount of production, processing, selling, or delivery of marijuana, marijuana-infused products, or useable marijuana that can be conducted in association with any business or residence in certain residential and historic character areas such that the limits would apply per month rather than at any one time.

Based upon public comments and Council deliberations, the amendments ultimately adopted, if any, may be different than the amendments summarized above.


Written comments may be submitted at any time until the final Council vote on the legislation. However, the Council would prefer to receive written comments by 5:00 p.m. on May 15, 2013 to allow for review by the Council. Please send comments to or

Councilmember Nick Licata
Legislative Department
600 Fourth Avenue, Floor 2
PO Box 34025
Seattle, WA 98124-4025


Electronic copies of the proposal may be obtained online at, and paper copies are available at the DPD Public Resource Center, 700 5th Avenue, Suite 2000 in the Seattle Municipal Tower. The Public Resource Center is open 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. Questions regarding the proposal may be directed to Rebecca Herzfeld at (206) 684-8148 or via email at

We encourage our readers to comment. No registration is required. We ask that you keep your comments free of profanity and keep them civil. They are moderated and objectionable comments will be removed.