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Open House To Inform About Chemical Depot

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HERMISTON, Wash.- Big changes are coming to Umatilla and Morrow counties in Oregon. The public will play a role in the future of the land that's currently the home of the Umatilla Chemical Depot.

This Monday the public is invited to an open house where they'll discuss the history and the future of the Chemical Depot. The joint meeting of the planning commissions is not a hearing, but an informational meeting where the public and the commissioners can ask questions about the depot and learn more about how the zoning will begin. There will be a comment period at the end of the presentations for the public to voice opinions and ideas.

"We hope that it will make the public and both communities in both counties more aware of what's happening, especially for the citizens," said Larry Givens, Umatilla County Commissioner. "They have a lot of questions about, 'is the military still there?'"

The commissioners also hope that with more questions answered, the public will have a better idea of how the changes will affect them.

Approximately 900 acres of land from the depot are likely to be zoned for commercial use as part of Umatilla County in the near future. The meeting is Monday at 4pm at the Stafford Hansell Government Center in Hermiston.