Developer hopes to build marijuana store in North Bend

Developer hopes to build marijuana store in North Bend

A public hearing is scheduled for Aug. 13 on the proposed store and zoning change.

A marijuana store could open in North Bend, if a development agreement is approved by the city.

The store would be the first in the city, and the Snoqualmie Valley. A public hearing is scheduled for Aug. 13 on a development agreement, which would allow the developer to remodel a home at 43514 SE North Bend Way into a marijuana retail store.

After marijuana was legalized in Washington state in 2012, the state and local municipalities established zoning rules, dictating where producers, growers and retailers could set up. Much of the land currently eligible in the city is in or near the business park near Exit 31.

But a development agreement would allow the developer to establish a shop along SE North Bend Way, said North Bend Senior Planner Mike McCarty. A development agreement must pass through public comment, and would allow the city to change the zoning of the parcel. It is currently zoned as light industrial.

It’s the second time a marijuana retailer has tried to open a shop in the city. The first attempt began in 2018, but the developer ultimately gave up after they were unable to find a suitable location.

If this shop is approved, it could be run by the owners of “The Joint” in Seattle’s University District, according to the development agreement.

A marijuana retail store could bring $100,000 a year to city coffers, McCarty said. And the city could also require an annual $25,000 mitigation payment, to offset increased traffic and other impacts on the area.

Currently, those searching for marijuana must drive to Issaquah, Redmond or Bellevue to reach the nearest store.

In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.

More in News

Police lights
Three arrested after Mt. Si Golf Course burglary

One man and two minors were arrested on April 11 after breaking… Continue reading

Photo via Pexels
King County residents needed for first respiratory study using Apple watches

UW study to help find if devices can detect early warning signs of acute respiratory infections, such as COVID-19 and flu.

Photo courtesy of Johnson and Johnson (
Johnson & Johnson vaccine halted in Washington over side effect

Following federal guidance, Washington health care providers are temporarily pausing Johnson &… Continue reading

Ashley Hiruko/file photo
Citizens are concerned with what continued development means for the health of the Snoqualmie River. Three forks of the river converge north of the city.
Appeal challenges North Bend’s water system plan

Friends of the Snoqualmie River and Trail have filed an appeal against the city’s plan.

File Photo
High court ruling spurs effort to retool state’s drug laws

Meanwhile, the Blake decision has gotten people out jail, charges dismissed and possibly clemency for some.

The Monroe Correctional Complex on April 9, 2020. (Sound Publishing file photo)
Formerly incarcerated people regain right to vote in Washington

Rights restored immediately upon release.

Spring Chinook Salmon. Photo courtesy Michael Humling, US Fish & Wildlife Service
Salmon update: King County wants cleaner water, more habitat

Salmon and orcas are in the spotlight once again as King County… Continue reading

Courtesy image
Judge orders Issaquah School District to pay for violating disabilities education act

Issaquah School District was ordered to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars… Continue reading

Most Read