Agricultural Advisory Board

The next Agricultural Advisory Board Meeting is Tuesday, October 8th 2019

Regular Meetings

  • 1:00 p.m.
  • Second Tuesday of each month
  • Robert J. Drewel Building
    3000 Rockefeller Avenue
    8th Floor
    Everett, WA, 98201

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

View All Agendas and Minutes

Members

Agricultural Advisory Board members are citizen volunteers (not county employees) and are appointed by the county council from candidates nominated by the county executive.

MembersHometownRepresenting
Marv Thomas, Chair
(Term Expires 04/22)
Snohomish

Snohomish River Basin
Keith Stocker, Vice-Chair
(Term Expires 04/22)
SnohomishCommodity Crops
Jeremy Visser
(Term Expires 04/18)
Stanwood

Dairy
Mike Harnden
(Term Expires 04/20)
Marysville

Nursery
Eric Fritch
(Term Expires 04/22)
Snohomish

Livestock
Jeff Ellingsen
(Term Expires 04/20)
Stanwood

Diking, Drainage & Flood Control,
Stillaguamish River Basin
Vanessa Edwards
(Term Expires 04/20)
Marysville

Agricultural Direct Marketing
Tim Stocker
(Term Expires 04/22)
SnohomishDiking, Drainage & Flood Control,
Snohomish River Basin
Adam Farnham
(Term Expires 04/20)
SnohomishEquine
John Misich
(Term Expires 04/20)
SnohomishSnohomish County Farm Bureau
David Youngquist
(Term Expires 04/22)
StanwoodStillaguamish River Basin


About the Board

The Agricultural Advisory Board is an advisory body to the council, Planning Commission, Hearing Examiner, and county staff. The board’s continuing mandate is to support and reinforce the county’s agricultural preservation plan. The board is made up of 11 members who meet very specific criteria, who serve four-year terms and may not serve more than three consecutive terms. Members are appointed by the council on recommendation of the county executive. Email Email the Agricultural Board for more information.


Agriculture Regulation Resources

Function

The goal of this section is to help farmers understand County regulations that most often affect them, and to learn which permits might be needed for something they intend to do on their property.

Regulatory Boundary Map for Agriculture

The location of your farm makes a big difference in how regulations may affect you. This map will help you find out which key regulatory boundaries your property lies within.

Helpful Tips on Obtaining Permits for Agricultural Activities

Get basic information about obtaining a permit. Bulletins that give you additional information on structures and businesses include:

Three Commonly Required Land Use Permits

This section presents background information on three commonly required land use permits. Farms situated near shorelines and floodplains may require all three. The timeframe for obtaining permits depends on a number of variables. Please ask the county agriculture planner for an estimate for your project.

The Unified Development Code

The Unified Development Code (UDC) is the section of the Snohomish County Code that provides a unified set of standards and procedures to regulate building and land development within unincorporated Snohomish County. Simplified explanations of the most common permits and sections of the code relating to agriculture are contained in this section of the Focus on Farming website.

Contact Our Agriculture Planner

Please contact either Senior Planner Rebecca Samy via email or at 425-388-3311, ext. 2283 or Land Development Specialist Jennifer Lenz via email or at ext. 2823 regarding your specific permitting questions. You may use the talk to text system by calling 425-388-3700.

State of Washington Requirements

The State of Washington may also have requirements affecting your planned activity. For example, the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has rules about poultry processing plants, and the Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) has rules about lagoons.