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Planning commission in favor of proposed annexation

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Sunnyside City Planner Jamey Ayling explains a map of the former Munson Ranches property from 2006. Tuesday, he showed the city planning commission maps for the city's comprehensive plan that will undergo minor revisions for a future public hearing.

The city of Sunnyside, according to City Planner Jamey Ayling, has been considering the annexation of Sunnyview Park for some time.

Last night (Tuesday), he spoke to the city's planning commission and received approval of the annexation.

The park is not the only land west of city limits that was approved for annexation. No member of the community spoke against the annexing of the park and property owned by Blueline.

Blueline recently acquired property adjacent to the park, previously owned by Randy Tucker of Tucker Cellars. The property currently is the location of a structure that was used as a gas station. Blueline intends to use the property as a sales location for agricultural equipment.

Ayling said the company "ran into a roadblock with the county because of its current zoning."

Because of this, the owner sought assistance from the city in hope of having the city annex the property and rezone it.

The county zoned the property commercial tourism, but the city most likely will zone the property for B-2 commercial use.

"We felt this was a natural fit to bring the property in on annexation with the park," shared Ayling.

He said the only drawbacks to the annexation of the properties is the lack of water and sewer lines to the properties, but the properties are currently provided access to water by a class B well owned by Tucker.

Tucker spoke to the commission, sharing the well provides enough water for the systems in use at both locations.

The property owned by Blueline has a septic system already in place and the system is sufficient for its intended use, according to Ayling.

When asked about the property where Tucker Cellars is currently located, he shared it is not included in the plan for annexation.

The properties are in the current urban growth area, Ayling assured the commission. The winery, he said, is the final property included in the area, with Black Rock Creek Golf Course, located across Ray Road from Tucker Cellars, separating Sunnyside's urban growth area from Grandview's.

The commission, having heard no opposition to the annexation, agreed to add the properties to its jurisdiction pending the decision of the state's boundary review board and approval by the Sunnyside City Council.

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