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Sunnyside to re-do Padelford annexation hearing

The city of Sunnyside is calling for a do-over of the Padelford Annexation hearing held Jan. 25.

The at times contentious public hearing resulted in council contradicting the city's own comprehensive plan and hearing examiner in zoning more than 100 acres for light industrial use.

Landowner Don Padelford had hoped to build about 400 homes on the land, which is near the Sunnyside Airport. The comprehensive plan and hearing examiner previously held that some of Padelford's land could be used for residential housing.

Last night, council was expected to formally approve an ordinance establishing the Jan. 25 decision into the city's books. But Interim City Manager Mark Kunkler asked Mayor Paul Garcia to pull the item from council's agenda.

Prior to Monday night's regularly scheduled meeting, Kunkler explained the item had to be pulled because the city's recording system malfunctioned during the hearing, which must be recorded verbatim in the event of a legal challenge.

As a result, the hearing has to be held again and council must again make a decision on the matter.

No date has been set for when the hearing will be rescheduled.

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