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Richland Planning Commission Considers Expanding City Limits

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UPDATE/RICHLAND, Wash. -- The City of Richland Planning Commission approved an amendment to expand the urban growth boundary by nearly 900 acres.

The proposal will now be sent on to the city council.

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RICHLAND, Wash.-- The City of Richland is looking at plans to expand the city limits to add more land for industrial development.

The Tri-Cities is growing quickly and now Richland might get even bigger with an expansion to make space for industrial development.

Richland's planning commission will meet Wednesday night to consider expanding the urban growth boundary.

TRIDEC proposed a land transfer from DOE for 1,300 acres to be made available for private development.

The land is just west of the tech district near Stevens Drive and Horn Rapids Road.

The goal is to grow business opportunities in the area.

"It helps us to get off our reliance on federal employment. As things wind down at Hanford, we need to have other types of jobs in the community and this gives us an opportunity to pursue some of those," said Rick Simon, Planning and Development Services.

Talks of a tech energy park would make the site a place for companies that produce power technologies.

The planning commission will consider an amendment to expand the urban growth boundary by nearly 900 acres.

If they approve it, the proposal will be sent on to the city council.

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