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Mabton Council plans meetings to discuss city growth

MABTON - The Mabton City Council canceled an urban growth public hearing Tuesday night in favor of holding community meetings in the areas it wishes to annex into the city limits.

The Council is seeking to change its urban growth boundaries to include Northwest Horticulture LLC on Allison Road, at the city's eastern border, which is already receiving benefit of city water and sewer services.

Originally, the Council was to have held a public hearing at its Dec. 30 meeting to invite citizens' input regarding the city's Urban Growth Management Plan amendment to annex the area into the city limits. The amendment to the city growth plan is needed before the city can proceed with the annexation process.

But, according to City Administrator Ildia Jackson, a public hearing is not necessary in this case. She said while working with the Yakima County Conference of Government staff, she discovered the city simply has to meet with the residents living in the affected areas as part of the amendment and eventual annexation process.

The Council is seeking to remove from its growth plan the area bordering the west side of the city's limits which lies on the Yakama Nation Reservation. The city then wants to add to its growth area land to the east of the current city limits, which includes the Northwest Horticulture greenhouse and surrounding property.

Including the greenhouse in the city's growth plan will help to enhance the city's revenues, said Jackson.

The land located on the west side of Mabton/Sunnyside Highway is located on the Yakama Indian Reservation and is not taxable. "But it is included as part of our growth plan," explained Jackson.

Jackson said the paperwork for the amendment is due Jan. 4, 2004, at the Yakima County Courthouse. She plans a series of community meetings to discuss the urban growth changes with the affected residents in January.

. Julia Hart can be contacted at

(509) 837-4500, or you can e-mail her at jhart@eaglenewspapers.com

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