City leaders urged to begin cultivating former cattle feedlot

The Sunnyside City Council heard from David McFadden of the Yakima County Development Association last night at a workshop before the council's regularly scheduled meeting.

McFadden told the council it was time to get going on formulating a plan on what to do with the property that was formerly the Monson Feedlot.

Three objectives were looked at. The first was completing any planning activities so development could begin.

McFadden told the council an initial site plan should be developed showing where roads and key utilities will be located. He also urged the council to consider what would be the appropriate zoning for the business park.

He noted that light industrial might not be the way to go, explaining that retail businesses might fit into the city's plan.

McFadden also suggested that the city look into the feasibility of annexing the property into the city. Dividing the larger plots on the land into smaller parcels was also suggested.

The second objective is to obtain legal counsel to look into the surrounding development and the sale or lease of the property.

To do this, McFadden said, the council should develop a policy that would determine how and when the city could assess the price of the property based on the benefits of abating feedlot impacts.

The last objective is to position the site for development and to generate income.

This would include constructing and installing appropriate signage to advertise the site. Also, the city would need to determine the appropriate rents and methods for leasing the existing residences that are on the property.

McFadden said these three objectives could be completed by as early as next January.

"I think it's very doable and I hope that these small steps lead to major developments over time," he said.

Sunnyside City Manager Jim Bridges said numbers would be looked at to see what the total cost of bringing these objectives inline would cost. Once that number is figured out it will be brought back to council.


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