Concern by a neighboring property owner prompted the Sunnyside Planning Commission to table an annexation proposal for 2.73 acres on Scoon Road.
Darrell Tadlock of 817 Scoon Road is seeking the annexation so his muffler shop and towing company could have a general commercial zoning in the city, rather than residential as is currently the case in the county.
However, if Tadlock's property were annexed by the city, it would leave neighbor Ignacios Ramos' 1.6 acres as an "island" of unincorporated county in the middle of city boundaries.
That, in turn, would likely mean the state boundary review board would turn Tadlock's annexation back to the city for further review.
City Planner Jamey Ayling told planning commissioners at Tuesday night's meeting that the boundary review board might eventually approve Tadlock's annexation, but only after a two-month delay.
About 177 feet of Tadlock's property abuts city limits, which is why, according to Ayling, the boundary review might still allow the annexation.
But to avoid the delay and "island" issue, the city proposed annexing Ramos' property along with Tadlock's
Appearing during a public hearing Tuesday night, Ramos said he did not want to be annexed into the city, stating that he was unhappy with the city.
Speaking through an interpreter, Ramos explained Sunnyside police have in the past visited his home to ask him to tone down the noise levels of family celebrations.
But, he contended, when he has called seeking help he has been told to contact the Yakima County Sheriff since he is outside city limits.
Ramos, who said he has lived on his property for 20 years, also expressed concern over whether he could keep the "8 to 20" goats he keeps on his property if he were annexed into the city.
Planning Commission Chair Brent Cleghorn told Ramos there could be benefits to being in the city limits, such as city services and the general commercial zoning which could benefit his auto maintenance business.
At the same time, Cleghorn apologized for any problems they've had with the city, and expressed uncertainty on what would become of the goats.
Planning Commission member Stan Davis suggested the Tadlock annexation be tabled until the June 13 meeting to give the Ramos family time to visit with city staff on what specifically annexation would mean for them.
"I'd like to see this researched further so they (the Ramos family) know what they can and can't do," said Davis. "They have a right to know what the answers are."
In other action Tuesday night, the Planning Commission tabled discussion on a proposed residential landscape ordinance and recommended approval for a five-acre annexation request sought by Greg Van de Graaf. The property, located at 550 Midvale Road, is the site of a Frito Lay warehouse.