The Prosser City Council approved a package of comprehensive plan amendments Tuesday that sets the stage for a low-income housing project to be built on North River Road.
The council for months had wrestled with the decision whether to rezone 11.6 acres in north Prosser from low-medium residential to high-density residential so that Catholic Charities Housing Services could build up to 139 housing units there.
The council voted 4-3 in favor of the amendment during Tuesday’s special meeting. Council members Richard Poteet, Terry Chambers and Jason Rainer voted against it.
Meetings on the topic in February and March drew angry crowds opposed to the development.
But ultimately the decision came down to compliance with state and federal law, not the will of local voters.
City Administrator Charlie Bush previously had told the council that Prosser has a shortage of land zoned for high-density residential development. He said the city does not meet state laws on urban growth management.
And Catholic Charities’ lawyer in February sent the city a 15-page letter threatening federal lawsuits if Prosser doesn’t allow more low-income housing.
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