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Growing pains for West Richland

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PROSSER, WA-It's back to square one for West Richland.

The Benton County Commissioners Monday reversed their decision from a year and a half ago to allow the city to expand its urban growth boundaries by 545 acres.

While the commissioners support West Richland's proposal, Commissioner Leo Bowman says the courts have interpreted the wording of the State Growth Management Act to allow urban growth areas to be expanded for population growth.

 West Richland has plenty of land for a growing population, but the city wants to expand its boundaries so it can build an interchange from Benton City and Interstate 182.

 To move forward, the city must convince the state legislature to re-write the Growth Management Act so cities can expand urban growth areas not solely for population needs but also for economic growth.