As of Thursday, April 28, 2016
SUNNYSIDE The School District and a local business have the green light for future expansion.
That’s the result of the City Council’s action Monday night in approving two re-zone requests.
Council members approved the district’s application to have 26 acres on Lincoln Avenue changed from low density residential to a public facilities zone.
The School District purchased the acreage last year from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and plans to develop a soft-ball complex on the site.
City planner Jamey Ayling told council that originally the city designated church and school lands as being residential zones. He said that is gradually changing, in large part to better reflect actual properties available for housing.
Based on the Planning Commission’s recommendation from a public hearing last month, the council unanimously approved the request.
Also last night, council members approved Mary Ann Bliesner’s request to re-zone more than three-and-a-half acres from high density residential to light industrial.
Valley Processing wants to expand its storage capacity, Ayling said of the request.
“It’s similar to other uses,” he said of the company’s operations. Ayling said the re-zoned property is adjacent to the company’s exist-ing storage sites.
The Planning Commission had a hearing last month on Bliesner’s request, and recommended approval.