In a hearing last night that left no stone unturned, the City of Sunnyside's Board of Adjustment considered a request by Tim and Cherie Thompson to continue to use their property at 512 Stackhouse Street as a tri-plex in an R-1 zone that allows only single family dwellings.
Extensive pictures of the property in question were shown and explained by Jamey Ayling, the city's associate planner, who recommended the Thompsons' request be approved.
More than 60 owners of property surrounding the tri-plex had been notified about last night's public hearing at which they could speak to support or oppose the request.
The only one who stepped forward at the hearing, held at the Law and Justice Center last night, was the realtor who had sold the property to the Thompsons several years ago. He confirmed that it had been sold as a tri-plex at that time.
The Thompsons based their request for continued use on the fact that the home, built in 1905 at 512 Stackhouse Street, was converted to a tri-plex in 1935 and has been in continuous use as a tri-plex since that time.
Discussion at the meeting brought to light that it appeared the sale of the property as a tri-plex had been based on erroneous information posted on a Yakima County website that listed the property as being in an R-2 zone, which allows multiple family dwellings.
Ayling made it clear that the city maintains zoning codes in its office and those are the legal ones that property buyers should consult before a sale.
Based on the fact that the tri-plex in question has been in use as such for so many years, the Board of Adjustment commissioners-Torchey Cohu, Craig Miller, Chad Werkhoven and chairperson Terrie Williard-gave their approval.
The tri-plex at this time has two units on a second floor and one on the main floor, and Ayling requested that one of the conditions of the approval be that the dwelling not be expanded beyond its present configuration.
The Thompsons, who reside in Prosser, maintain the property as a rental. He has a chiropractic practice in Sunnyside