Pasco WA rejects housing project plans

The Pasco Planning Commission shouldn’t have based its decision about a comprehensive plan change on a developer’s plans to build an affordable farm worker housing project.

The Pasco City Council unanimously sent the application for a $10 million affordable housing project back to the planning commission Monday with a request to take Beacon Development Group out of the decision process.

The Seattle company asked the city to change its comprehensive plan designation from low-density residential to mixed residential for property north of Clark Street and west of Charles Avenue.

The company needs the density changed in the comprehensive plan so it can submit the zoning change application that would allow it to build an apartment complex, said Rick White, city community and economic development director.

The 51-unit complex would be owned by Catholic Charities Spokane. Beacon Development also built Tepeyac Haven, at 915 N. 22nd Ave., and Bishop Topel Haven, at 1534 E. Spokane St. Both are Catholic Charities Spokane affordable farm worker housing projects.

The planning commission recommended approving the change to the comprehensive plan in January, but a group of single-family homeowners who live on Charles Avenue appealed the commission’s decision.

Read remainder of the story at The News Tribune


About Bob Voelker

Vice President and General Counsel, StreetLights Residential - Building Places that Life the Human Spirit.
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