KENNEWICK, Wash. - After months of debate, Thursday night the Benton County Board of Adjustment unanimously voted in favor of a proposed RV park and petting zoo near Cottonwood Elementary school in Badger Canyon.
After much deliberation, the board approved the special use permit for the news owners. The 25 acre park in Kennewick will have 182 spaces for temporary use. The board says they'll need to follow some guidelines including using gas burning fire pits and getting their landscaping plan approved by the city. But neighbors are worried it will affect traffic, property values and potentially increase crime.
"I think it's just going to take time for residents to realize that their fears are unfounded. We are going to be good neighbors and the community is going to benefit as wells as us," said Charlotte Schlotfeldt, owner of proposed RV park.
As for the petting zoo the Board of Adjustment asks the owners to limit the animals to only farm animals.
The couple hopes to start construction in the next four months.