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S'side Port commissioners review Midvale Road landscaping guidelines

A draft plan to create conformity with attention to industrial needs is being reviewed by the Sunnyside Port Commission as it advances its efforts to attract more industries to Sunnyside Port District property bordering Midvale and Alexander Roads.

In order to ensure that the recently completed Midvale Road improvement project, complete with sidewalks, lights and curbs and gutters, will remain an attractive addition to the Sunnyside business community, the Port commissioners are reviewing a landscape development plan which outlines basic landscaping requirements.

The Sunnyside Port's Midvale Road development landscaping criteria will give new industries a guideline for landscaping their properties, said Amber Hansen, Port manager.

"We've tried to create a guideline which we believe will be flexible enough to meet the needs of all types of industries which may choose to build in the Port District," she explained.

Hansen said the Port's landscaping criteria for the Midvale area allows for a minimum of 10 percent of each parcel, not including the building, to be landscaped with healthy and well maintained plant materials consistent with plant and industrial parks found in competitive locations.

All landscaped surfaces shall be properly maintained and contribute to the visual appeal of the development and its surroundings, Hansen explained.

But attention will also paid to the need for ample traffic patterns within the development area, she added.

Hansen said 10 percent of the landscape requirement can be met with a combination of vegetated areas, patios, plazas and water features for the benefit of and use by employees, customers and the public. Screening for such necessities as trash and outdoor storage are covered in the Port's draft.

The Midvale Road landscape requirements calls for waste and recycling dumpsters to be screened from the public's view, on all sides by fences at least six feet high. Outdoor storage areas will be restricted to areas other than the area between the building and the street frontage.

The Port's landscape guide also calls for the use of fencing and walls which are attractive and which may be covered with landscape materials, as needed.

Hansen said landscaping islands within parking lots will be encouraged to create traffic flow patterns, as well as providing visual relief from large pavement areas. Allowances are included in the draft for traffic and pedestrian circulation for the safety of both, she explained.

The Midvale Road Development criteria will apply only to the Port's properties bordering Midvale Road.

. Julia Hart can be contacted at

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

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