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Planning gives nod for Lander Park East

Preliminary plats for 19 home lots on the west side of Mayhew Street and south of Columbia Avenue were recommended for approval by the Sunnyside Planning Commission Wednesday evening.

Action on the 4.38-acre subdivision, known as Lander Park East, was continued from the Nov. 9 Planning Commission meeting.

Tom Upton, surveyor for Lander East property owner Jim Evans, said all of the 19 lots exceeded the city's requirement for a minimum of 6,500 square-feet. "The average home lot size is actually over 8,000 square-feet," Upton told the commissioners.

Planning Commissioner DeAnn Hochhalter expressed support for the plan, "It's a welcome sight for the town of Sunnyside." Added Commissioner Barry Weaver, "We've been looking for residential development on the hill for some time."

The only comment of concern about the development was by Commissioner Ken Bierlink, regarding access to lot 11 in the subdivision. Evans replied that access would be at the end of the cul de sac.

Evans, whose Yakima-based company installs underground utility wiring, said he may begin work on Lander East within a year, or earlier, depending on work load.

The Planning Commission recommended approval of the Lander East plat, which now goes to the City Council for a final decision.

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