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Zoning changes given initial approval

The Sunnyside Planning Commission approved a zoning change and established a zoning designation at a meeting held last night (Tuesday).

The approvals were made after public hearings were held on both issues. The commission will now forward the recommendations to the Sunnyside City Council.

The first public hearing was heard for a request for a zoning change by Concord View LLC, which owns 14.93 acres in two parcels located near the intersection of Quail Lane and Allen Road. The proposed change was from an R-3 (high density residential) designation to that of a B-1 (freeway commercial) designation.

John Booth, owner of The Green Olive in Sunnyside, spoke in favor of the re-designation, saying it makes sense for the area. Other citizens spoke about the change, asking if it would affect their properties. One such parcel that is west of the Concord View LLC land, is in the county and Sunnyside City Planner Jamey Ayling said the change wouldn't affect his property. Another citizen worried about low-income housing being built on the property. Ayling told her the new designation wouldn't allow for that.

The second public hearing dealt with a request by the Port of Sunnyside to have zoning designated for its property near Sheller Road and SR 241. The 116.49 acres hasn't been zoned and the Port was asking for an M-1 (light industrial) designation.

Ayling estimated the two matters would go in front of city council some time in May.

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