Planning Commission candidates' requirements clarified

The Sunnyside Planning Commission wants to clarify the residency requirements to be used as qualifiers for considering future commission members.

This past Wednesday night the commissioners agreed to recommend that the size of the board be limited to seven members, but to change the residency requirements.

The Planning Commission proposes having five of its members be required to reside within the boundaries of the city or its urban growth area as it now exists or in the future.

In addition, the Planning Commission seeks to allow two of its members to be residents of any area within the boundaries of the Sunnyside School District, as it now exists or in the future.

The decision to change the residency qualifications are the result of the need to increase the city's pool of candidates for the Planning Commission, explained Mark Kunkler, city attorney.

The Planning Commission agreed that the larger ratio of board members should live within the city's urban growth area. But allowances should be made to include those persons interested in serving on the board, but who live outside the urban growth area.

"It is our aim to have a full commission of seven members and we hope these changes will allow that to occur," said Commission Chair Jim Warren.

He said the commission wants to ensure that only those persons with a sincere interest in planning for the development of the city be considered for the advisory board, which answers to the city council.

Currently, the Planning Commission includes Warren, DeAnn Hochhalter, Barry Weaver, Rolando Alvarez and Brent Cleghorn, the newest member of the commission.

The Planning Commission's recommendation will now be forwarded to the City Council for its consideration.

. Julia Hart can be contacted at

(509) 837-4500, or you can e-mail her at


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