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Planning Commission schedules public hearing to establish city zoning definitions

The Sunnyside Planning Commission, meeting this past Wednesday night, agreed to set a date for a public hearing to consider more additions to the city's zoning ordinances. The public hearing will be held at the August meeting of the Planning Commission at the Sunnyside Law and Justice Center, Homer Avenue.

The Planning Commission has been researching the creation of three new zones. The new zones are to include a Yakima Valley Highway zone, a public facilities zone and a mixed use zone.

The Yakima Valley Highway zone is designed for large retail, service and wholesale businesses. The highway zone allows for providing large site areas for commercial uses requiring ample room for building, parking and storage areas, explained Mark Kunkler, Sunnyside city attorney.

Kunkler said the public facilities zone will provide for the location and establishment of facilities under public ownership or private enterprises pertaining to public conveniences.

The public facilities zone will provide for such things as public right-of-ways, highways, streets, sidewalks and public parking lots, for example.

The mixed use zone will provide for multiple uses in areas were businesses are intermingled with established residences. For example, the mixed use zone would allow apartments or townhouses to be located above business such as drugstores or restaurants, located in the downtown business area, Kunkler said.

. Julia Hart can be contacted at

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

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