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Agriculture Resource Committee

Posted on: July 17, 2019

Minutes from 4/16/19 ARC Meeting


Learner Limbach

 X (then absent)

Charlie Behnke

 x

Caitlin Herlihy Lek

x

David Kane

x

Steve Bernheim

x

Brook Brouwer

 x

Andre Enterman (NP)

np

Kyle Dodd

np

Sam Dillingham

x

Steph Coffey

x

Meike Meissner

 x

Sara Benson

x

Winnie Adams

x

Mike Ramsey

x

Bill Watson- council rep Not present

Faith Van De Putte- coordinator                                                             

Agenda approved by implication                                                                       

Adopt Minutes from  3/16/19 from Dave motion to adopt, seconded, passed.

                                                                                   

4:10                 ARC Business                                                                              

Summer Schedule- Meeting in July 16th only. June and August no ARC Meeting but subcommittee meetings will continue to meet.

 4:12                 Coordinator's Report                                                               

●     Marijuana- Faith attended the Council meeting, presented the ARC’s recommendation that the County treat grow operations as a unique land use activity. Later at that meeting County Council passed a 6 month moratorium on new grow operations in San Juan County and will start process for public input.

4:15                 Outreach                                                                                           Caitlin

●     Ag Org Retreat- Will be May 23rd Lopez Island 10:15-3:00

4:30                 Policy                                                                                                David

●     Stewardship of Agricultural Conservation Lands Meeting update

○     DISCUSSION ITEM-  should ARC send a memo to the County Council and the Land Bank Board in support of “The development of county policy for the stewardship of agricultural conservation lands” … How and where this gets put in the comp plan we can figure later, but we just want action moving forward. Dave Kane makes the motion to recommend a policy for the stewardship of agricultural conservation lands, seconded …. M/S/P, no opposition. Faith will draft and send.

●     Comprehensive Plan Update

○     Land Use … committee aims to complete recommendations for new Land Use section in May. ARC members are welcome to engage with policy committee activities.

 

4:50                 Ag Program Updates & General Announcements 

●     Lopez Lamb Wool and Goat Festival- May 11th from 10-3          

●     Land Bank Commission meeting coming up Friday April 19

●     May 1 business planning workshop with EDC

●     New ag program coordinator and research assistant upcoming, too.

●     May 1 deadline for Savor the Flavors farm map listings …

                        

4:55                 Public Comment  : none                                                                         

 

5:00                 Adjourn 

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