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Benton County Judge sides against City of Richland on apartment building

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Judge Cameron Mitchell sided with the The Homeowners Association of Applewood Estates and Brantingham Greens, and said The City of Richland had no right to allow an apartment complex to be built on the 30 acres of land with out holding a public hearing.

Members of the Applewood Estates Homeowners Association and  Homeowners Association filed suit against the city, and  Wolff Enterprises in October after the city granted permits to built on the corner of Westcliffe Blvd and Brantingham.

The approved plan was originally accepted for a senior housing community to be built on 15 acres of land, but when those plans changed, there was no new plan submitted. 

Economic development Manager, Rick Simon gave the project a go without a public hearing and a decision by city council.

Residents in the area argued the change in density and land use warranted them a public hearing and Judge Mitchell agreed.  "The use of that land will have a substantial impact on the property that they do own and surrounding areas,' says Mitchell.

Current permits are now void, and the developer must resubmit plans if they wish to continue with the project.

"We're just thrilled with the ruling today, of course Applewood is not against development.  We want to see development, we want to see the city grow.  I is just that our homeowners were left out of a process that should have been put in place from the very beginning," says Tony Valdez, the Homeowners Association President for Applewood Estates.