RV park a no-go...says hearing examiner

The city of Sunnyside has received the findings from the hearing examiner presiding over the annexation of property on Midvale Road owned by MBM Development.

The property in question was to be annexed into the city for use as an RV park, but it is in the same area as the Port of Sunnyside's industrial wastewater facility, as well as agricultural land.

The owners of MBM initially petitioned the city, requesting annexation of the property in December 2009. Subsequent actions included public hearings, reviews and an application for a conditional use permit since the property is in a light industrial (M-1) zone.

The city issued the conditional use permit, but neighbors appealed the decision, citing a State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) review had to be conducted. The appeal also noted an RV park would conflict with the intended use of the properties along Midvale Road, which is light industrial and agricultural use.

A hearing examiner reviewed the appeal on Oct. 7, 2011.

He has concluded the city can annex the property, but an RV park should not be permitted on the property.

"The hearing examiner recommends the City Council proceed to adopt an annexation ordinance for the MBM Development annexation in a form substantially similar to that proposed in the March 4, 2011 staff report...the hearing examiner denies the application by MBM for a conditional use permit (for) an RV park in the M-1 zoning district based on its contravention of the purposes of the M-1 zoning district due to absence of any proposed measures to avoid incompatibility with neighboring agricultural and industrial uses," cites Patrick Spurgin, who served as the hearing examiner.

He further concludes the Port of Sunnyside and others who appealed the city's decisions did not provide sufficient evidence that the city failed to comply with an environmental review.


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