BRIDES THROUGHOUT SPOKANE ARE BREATHING A SIGH OF
RELIEF AS GREEN BLUFF OFFICIALLY OPENS ITS DOORS FOR
KXLY 4'S AARON LUNA IS WORKING FOR YOU.
HIGHLIGHTING A RECENT CHANGE IN THE ZONING ORDINANCE
THAT NOW ESTABLISHES RULES FOR WHO CAN AND CAN'T HOST
A WEDDING ON GREEN BLUFF.
Just looking around it's easy to see why couples would
want to have their wedding here on Green Bluff and
now since the county commissioners changed the zoning
ordinance it allows anyone with property zoned small
tract agricultural to host weddings or events.
A couple limitations though; you can only have 25
events per year, limited to 200 people and the season
for those events stretches from the beginning of May
to the end of October.
THERE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN WEDDINGS ON GREEN BLUFF AND
FOR GOOD REASON.
THE VIEWS AND SMELLS NATS ARE MAGNIFICENT.
BUT THERE WEREN'T RULES ON WHO COULD OR COULDN'T HOST
ONE, UNTIL NOW.
We have about 20 weddings planned for the year and
some more for next year and they decided 25 weddings
max a year so that works perfect for us,
TERI STORY WITH HIGH COUNTRY ORCHARDS SAYS CHANGES
IN ZONING BY THE COUNTY ARE A VOTE IN FAVOR OF SMALL
It was already the things that we were doing to try
and keep noise level down and traffic down so for
us it really did fit,
ANYONE HOSTING A WEDDING OR EVENTS MUST NOW APPLY
FOR A CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT FROM THE COUNTY.
SOME RESTRICTION INCLUDE KEEPING AGRICULTURE AS THE
PRIMARY LAND USE AND ONLY HAVING EVENTS FRIDAY THROUGH
BUT OTHERS ON GREEN BLUFF ARE CONCERNED TOO MANY WEDDINGS
AND EVENTS WILL SWARM OUT THE AREA'S HISTORIC AGRICULTURE.
There really are no methods or means for the county
to verify their own enforcement standards or the standards
for the temporary use, they just don't exist,
DEREK HANSEN OF HANSEN ORCHARDS IS ALSO CONCERNED
THE COUNTY WON'T BE ABLE TO ENFORCE ITS OWN RULES
AND ONLY BE ABLE TO RESPOND TO COMPLAINTS.
How are they looking at if there are 25 events per
year? Who's monitoring it if there are 200 guests
at the events?
ANOTHER STIPULATION FOR THE PERMIT IS THAT ALL EVENTS
END AT 9 P.M.
WHICH COULD BE TOUGH TO ENFORCE.
We're just going to keep being a good neighbor the
best we can.
We are so aware of the noise, we're always closing
doors and keeping music down and we're just going
to keep doing that and being the best neighbors we
THE COUNTY NOW PROCEEDING WITH A FINDING OF FACT AND
County commissioners plan to sign that resolution
at a public hearing in the near future.
Reporting on Green Bluff Aaron Luna KXLY 4 News.