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South Richland residents discuss controversial development

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RICHLAND, Wash, -- The Richland Planning Commission is expecting a big crowd Wednesday at a public hearing about a controversial development in the Falconcrest Community, up on Little Badger.

It is a19 acre piece of land between the plats of Meadow Hills and the plats of Crested Hills at the very end of Morency Drive, a street the developer himself, Milo Bauder, lives on. The work there has already begun, and some lots are sold.

If approved, the entire project will be 59 houses at the end of Morency Drive.  Neighbors have a variety of opinions.

"We're all for a healthy community, healthy economy locally and nationwide, so I think growth is one way to do that.," says Jacob Campbell a neighbor.

"I have really mixed emotions. I'm really not going to vote against it if it ever came  to a vote or if I had to say I would be opposed to it, I couldn't do that," agrees another neighbor and realtor Toby Bouchey.

But others are worried about traffic. "My concern is that the traffic is going too fast. Over the last four years since I've lived here, we've had an increase number of children that have to cross Morency to go to the city park," says Jim Piche.

Neighbor Dana Vogel agrees,  "its a very steep hill and we're concerned about the speed of the cars that come through the neighborhood as well as the number of cars."

The Vogels had a traffic study done and say this development would add an additional 600 car trips on their street per day. 

Rick Simon the city's Service Development Manager says, "We're recommending that the development be conditioned with the extension of another street that would provide a second point of entry to the subdivision and that would help split the traffic load.

The Planning Commission will make a recommendation on Wednesday after the public hearing which starts at 7:00pm at Richland City Hall.