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Richland votes on annexation of thousands of acres of land

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RICHLAND, Wash. --Richland City Council will vote Tuesday on whether to annex 1,878 new acres of land south of Badger Mountain.

The city's development council manager, Rick Simon says, "it passed the first time through, so we're expecting the same results.  Because it's an annexation ordinance there needs to be two "yes" votes to make it official.

Loren Comps, the project manager for Nor Am Investments, the developer says, "it's positive tax revenue for the city...I will bring 150 acres of commercial development, 300 acres of passive and active open space, four school sites, two city parks, and about 3,000-5,000 new homes, both multi family and single family and it opens up a new freeway interchange for the city."

Rick Simon also says Nor Am Investments is financing the whole thing.  "We worked with the developer to ensure the developer pays for its own way, so all the infrastructure that's required, the extension of water and sewer will all be built with the developers own money," says Simon.

Nor Am is expected to start moving dirt in 2011.  The entire project could take 20 years to complete.