Port looks into re-zoning 20-acre parcel off Melrose Street


Port of Walla Walla officials hope a new zoning designation could infuse life into a more than 20-acre parcel of land off Melrose Street.

The former home of the Sky Vue Drive-In has been an empty landscape of fields, limited to development by federal aviation regulations while commercial businesses operate around it. But Port officials believe the property has the potential to generate revenue with some low-density uses, such as storage facilities and auto lot parking.

The first step, they say, is seeking a zoning change from the city of Walla Walla. The city will be conducting a review of its comprehensive plan, and any applications for major changes must be filed by the end of August, Port Executive Director Jim Kuntz said.

Under the current Public Reserve zoning designation there is no way to generate an income from the property.

With guidance from Seattle land-use attorney Tadas Kisielius, Port officials will seek either a highway commercial or light industrial designation. "We want to maximize revenue generation in a safe and sane way," Kuntz said.


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