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Richland's City Council Approves Falconcrest Plans

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Richland, Wash. - Richland's City Council approved a controversial housing development Tuesday night, but not without a little more debate.

The City Council unanimously approved plans for the Falconcrest development, which will be located along Morency Drive in south Richland. Tuesday's hour-long debate followed a contentious Planning Commission meeting in December that lasted several hours as well. In the end, council members agreed with the Planning Commission's recommendation to approve the plans.

"When you look at the record, the record is pretty complete. In fact, it's one of the most complete records we've had. But the real question is do we still have trust in the developer to do what he says he's going to do," said Richland City Council Member Bob Thompson.

Opponents of the development are concerned about the increased traffic levels on Morency Drive. The developer has agreed to build an extension to Baum Street to add another entry point into the subdivision.