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RICHLAND, Wash. - A project that has only been in the works for a couple of months has already made some big strides. TMT Homes has already been given the go ahead by the Richland Planning Commission to rezone the area and build a 33-unit condo complex.

"Basically, it's just not compatible with the way the area's been developed," said Jerry White.

The Planning Commission disagrees, though.

"It's really a question of 'can the developer put forward an application that the Planning Commission and the City Council's viewpoint is compatible with the surrounding neighborhood and consistent with our comprehensive plan policies,'" said Planning and Development Services Manager Rick Simon.

That's what happened last month. The Commission decided it is compatible and approved the rezoning of the third phase of the Meadow Hills Development.

"We think the city should really take into consideration the impacts that the size and mass of something like that would have on the immediate area," said Patrick Milliken.

"I saw where rocks were rolling down here onto the houses down here, they had to put some fencing up to keep that from happening," said Ben Dole. "So you can imagine some of the problems of building on a steep slope like this."

Dole said that happened during a small construction project between the Meadow Hills and Crested Hills Developments. He worries about a large scale construction site in the quiet and well maintained neighborhoods.

Others worry about an influx of traffic but the City said it won't be an issue.

"Public works department did an analysis of this project and their determination was that its not significant," said Simon. "The streets would be able to accommodate the additional traffic."