The city of Sunnyside is set to grow by 237 acres with the annexation of the former Monson feedlot just west of town.
That's according to a recommendation last night, Tuesday, by the Sunnyside Planning Commission.
The annexation includes not only the 140-acre former feedlot, known as the West Sunnyside Business Park since its purchase by the city, but also 19 parcels covering 97 acres.
The additional acreage is needed to make sure the city limits cover contiguous property boundaries all the way out to the business park.
Annexation still requires a check by the state's boundary review board and eventual action by the Sunnyside City Council.
Jamey Ayling is the city's planning and community development manager, and he told the planning commission the whole process could take as long as three months.
Not only is annexation the final hurdle for the city to find prospective buyers for the business park, but it also expands the city's reach in other areas. Ayling noted Sunnyside will be responsible for maintaining Outlook Road. That also means the city will provide police coverage for that area.
If the annexation clears all hurdles, Sunnyside will also take responsibility for the portion of Yakima Valley Highway between the current city limits and the former Monson property.
In response to a question by planning commissioner Jeff Barrom, Ayling noted the annexation will mean more work for city crews, such as snow removal and street maintenance.
At the same time, Ayling noted some good news in that Yakima County already has plans in the works to improve the portion of Yakima Valley Highway that would eventually come under city control.
Next up for the annexation process is a mandated 45-day review period by the boundary review board.