Marijuana

Page last updated January 18, 2017

UPDATE: As of December 6, 2016, the County will not move forward with proposed code amendments allowing the growing of recreational marijuana in the Rural Residential Zone.

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Benton County Development Code & Marijuana

Benton County is in the midst of a two-part development code amendment process to allow recreational marijuana operations:

  1. Step one (completed) was to adopt code amendments allowing recreational marijuana operations as mandated by the state and in select zones within the county, such as the Exclusive Farm Use, Forest Conservation and Industrial Zones. These code amendments became effective on December 24, 2015. Please see below in our Supporting Documents section below for a Recreational Marijuana Operation by Zone Matrix showing what types of recreational marijuana operations are allowed in each zone. Before buying or leasing property we recommend calling our office at 541-766-6819 and asking for a Planner to verify that the zoning will allow your proposed use. 
  2. Step two (as needed) is a public outreach process to gain community insight on what types and what level of recreational operations should be allowed in the remaining zones. The Benton County Listening Tour was held in March 2016 to gain general feedback about all the remaining zones. During the tour, community-members expressed interest in being able to grow marijuana for the recreational market in the Rural Residential (RR) Zone, which is not currently allowed. As a result, staff contacted all property owners in the RR Zone in September 2016 and asked for feedback on this topic. As of December 6, 2016, the Board has directed staff not to move forward on allowing recreational marijuana grows in the RR zone.

If you would like to be notified of any upcoming outreach events, please call Planning Staff at 541-766-6819 or email linsey.godwin@co.benton.or.us and provide your name and email address, which will be added to a contact list.