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Padelford annexation deferred to planning commission

The Sunnyside City Council passed a resolution at last night's meeting, Monday, to defer any action on the Padelford Annexation zoning and refers the matter to the Planning Commission, pending development and approval of the comprehensive airport land use plan.

On Jan. 28, 2008 the city council scheduled a closed record hearing to consider the zoning of the Padelford Annexation properties. On that date, unknown to staff or the council, the recording system for the council chambers malfunctioned, which left no record of the hearing.

Under state law governing the procedures of the Land Use Petition Act, a transcript of the hearing must be available, If no transcript is available, the only recourse is to reschedule and conduct the necessary hearing, Sunnyside City Manager Mark Kunkler told the council.

Kunkler went on to explain that part of the record in this case is the decision and recommendation of the hearing examiner.

Kunkler recommended to the council to establish a comprehensive airport land use plan. The task was referred to the Planning Commission, which will undertake the study and development of a comprehensive airport land use plan and then recommend it to the council for final consideration and adoption.

James Carmody, representing Don Padelford, told the council his client's frustration level is climbing.

Carmody told the council everyone of the parties involved with the annexation have had their land zoned. Refusing to zone Padelford's land until the airport plan is finished, which could take years, is unfair to his client, he said.

Carmody urged council to zone Padelford's land.

Brent Cleghorn, a member of the Sunnyside Planning Commission, spoke to council during public comments. He told them he feels council has already made up its mind on the direction it wants to go with the airport and urged council to buy out Padelford's land.

"You can make this problem go away," he said.

Councilman Theresa Hancock stated it's her desire to make sure the airport plan is solid and it serves the best interest of the citizens of Sunnyside.

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