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Richland city leaders looking to annex 1878 acres into city

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- Richland city leaders are working to add nearly 1900 acres into the city.

It's called Badger Mountain South.  It's north and east of Interstate 82, south of Badger Mountain and west of the Rancho Reata neighborhood.

 Right now city staff members are developing a detailed 20-year master plan with a community of 5000 residential units.  City staff say it'll be a very sustainable, walkable kind of community. "The idea is that most of the basic services that people might need would be within a quarter mile walk of where they live. So it's a collection of neighborhoods, and to get that, the density is a little higher than it might be in other areas but there's a real emphasis on walkability and there's a lot of mixed use involved in order to get those services in the neighborhoods," said Bill King with the City of Richland.

Tuesday night council members approved the first reading of an ordinance that annexes the area into the city.  This will require another approval at the next meeting on December 7th.

"We've worked really hard to really understand the long-term impacts of this project as it builds out, and as part of the environmental impact statement, there's a very detailed set of mitigation measures and very specific triggering mechanisms that tell us when certain things have to happen and how the responsibility for paying for those improvements will be accommodated over time," said King.

City staff has been working with property owners for more than a year.  They say the attitude is very positive to include the area into the city.