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Sunnyside grows by 180 acres

The Sunnyside City Council Monday night approved two annexation requests that added an additional 180 acres to the community.

The first of the additions to the community was the annexation of 61.17 acres of property owned by the Sunnyside School District.

The other annexation has been a long time in coming, as Council finally approved the addition of 119 acres into the city on Saul Road and South Hill Road.

Council received little comment from the public Monday night on either addition.

The school district annexation includes the property that will be used to build the new Sierra Vista Middle School, which is located generally north of Sheller Road and east of Washout Road. The property that was annexed into the city was included as part of the Sunnyside Urban Growth Boundary Plan. The school district still owns a 20-acre section to the north of the property that was not included in the annexation.

The planning commission held two public meetings in the spring of this year and after accepting numerous public comments made the recommendation of annexation, using the new public facilities zoning.

The other annexation has been something the city has worked on with property owners since 2001.

The annexation is in the area of Saul and South Hill roads, containing 36 parcels, totaling 119 acres.

Assistant Sunnyside City Manager Mark Kunkler said this annexation has occupied the plate of city staff members for years.

The property is located near Port of Sunnyside property and Interstate 82.

The planning commission held public hearings in September and October of last year and came up with the designation of Urban Residential Agricultural, commonly known as the mini-ranchette designation. The URA zoning gives residents some flexibility in the use for their property.

"I would like to say thank you to those property owners that held with us," said Mayor Ed Prilucuk.

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