FoSV Suggested Approach
Friends of Sammamish Valley has set forth detailed changes to the proposed King County Beverage Ordinance #2018-0241 to eliminate aspects of the Ordinance that are most detrimental to farms and rural residents. In summary we propose to:
1. Remove Demonstration Project Overlays A and B from the Sammamish Valley. The Demonstration Project provisions would permanently allow wine, beer, and liquor sales by the glass and bottle, and one-time permanent permits for special event centers in the Rural Area. The Overlays...
- Overwhelm already crowded rural roads.
- Directly harm the viability of farmland.
- Convert affordable housing to bars.
- Convert landscaped and open space areas to parking lots.
- Flood farmlands with storm water runoff.
- Exceed the capacity of septic systems.
- Prioritize the interests of a few illegal business operators over the legitimate interests of thousands of residents and voters who have chosen a rural lifestyle.
- Reduce the open, rural nature of the Valley which also benefits urban residents in nearby cities.
- Reward a handful of illegal business operators over the interests of hundreds of legally operating businesses.
- Are counterproductive to the wine tourism industry that relies on the bucolic nature of the rural valley and farmlands to draw tourists.
- Violate numerous state and local regulations including the State Growth Management Act, King County Comprehensive Plan, KC SO-120, and KC Chapter 21A.55.
- Fail to meet the goals of the King County Action Report dated April 26, 2018.
2. Improve the remaining provisions of the Ordinance.
- Close loopholes that would allow retail operations to call themselves "wineries," "breweries” or “distilleries” when in fact they produce little or no product on-site. They are essentially bars.
- Stipulate that “tastings and sales” conducted at beverage production sites are for products made on-site only.
For the complete details, please refer to the Friends of Sammamish Valley Alternative Winery Ordinance and the Rationale for Beverage Ordinance Proposed Changes.