Walla Walla County commissioners OK land use requests

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WALLA WALLA — Four of five applications for amendments to the Walla Walla County Comprehensive Plan were approved by county commissioners Monday.

The final docket of amendments drew few comments during a public hearing before commissioners’ discussing them and then voting on each application.

College Place City Administrator Pat Reay spoke in favor of two applications involving expansion of the city’s urban growth area and county resident Randal Grudzinski spoke in favor of his request to amend land use designations and zoning districts in the city of Walla Walla urban growth area.

The one application that was denied was the subject of a split vote. The request from Darwin Odgaard and Lynne K. Hoffman was to change the land use and zoning designations for 6.93 acres at 219 E. Maple in Burbank from single family residential to commercial.

After discussion, commissioners Jim Johnson and Greg Tompkins voted to uphold the recommendation of the county Planning Commission to deny the request. Commissioner Perry Dozier voted against the motion to deny.

The remaining four applications all passed unanimously. All had been recommended for approval by Walla Walla Joint Community Development Agency staff and the county Planning Commission.

The applications were:

• City of College Place request to expand the city’s urban growth area by 8.81 acres to allow properties in the area, located west of Myra Road and south of Electric Avenue, to be in the city’s water service area.

• Application by Grudzinski to amend land use designations and zoning districts for about 24.23 acres located west of Myra Road and north of the city of Walla Walla wastewater treatment plant in the city’s urban growth area. The request will change the zoning of residential low density and R-96 to commercial land use and commercial zoning district.

• Port of Walla Walla request to amend Appendix G of the Comprehensive Plan, titled “Projects Eligible to Receive Economic Development Sales Tax Funds,” to require the list of projects be updated annually.

• Request by Michael and Ambrose Locati to expand the city of College Place urban growth boundary on the north side of Blalock Road by 4.46 acres to give properties in the area the ability at some time in the future to connect to city sewer system in the event of septic field failure.

Andy Porter can be reached at andyporter@wwub.com or 526-8318.

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