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Sunnyside council considers annexations

A 19-acre plot zoned for high-density housing and a 1.5-acre parcel with a mechanic shop were considered by the Sunnyside City Council Monday night for annexation into the city.

The 19 acres, known as the G&S Cattle Company annexation, is situated at the intersection of Sheller Road and State Route 241.

Council agreed with a staff recommendation to zone the property as high density residential, opening the door for a potential housing development.

The only kicker is that two acres of the former feedlot sit within Sunnyside's Airport Layout plan and is subject to a moratorium.

The ordinance council approved on Monday does not reference the layout plan or the moratorium's impact on the two acres. City Planner Jamey Ayling explained that's because the annexation zoning will defer to the stricter airport layout plan when it comes to usage of the two acres.

Councilwoman Carol Stone cast the lone no vote opposing the annexation, concerned about the high density residential designation adjoining an area zoned industrial.

The other annexation addressed Monday involved the proposed 1.5-acre Ramos annexation. The property sits at 807 Scoon Road.

The property owner, Ignacio Ramos, petitioned the city to annex his property.

Ayling said Yakima County had given Ramos an order to clear out the hulk vehicles on his property or annex into the city. "There's a fair amount of clean-up to be done out there," Ayling said.

Council took the first step towards annexation by accepting the petition and forwarding it to the planning commission for consideration.

Councilwoman Theresa Hancock said a benefit of having the city eventually annex the Ramos property is that city codes will come into play.

"If they are in the city we have a little more control," said Hancock.

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