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Benton Co. Planning Commission to Vote on Urban Growth Area

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KENNEWICK, WA-- The Benton County Planning Commission could make a decision Tuesday night that would bring an expansion of Kennewick's urban growth area a step closer to reality.

Tuesday night the Benton County Planning Department will hold a public hearing to discuss a proposal for the development of the urban growth area and will then vote on whether they reject or approve the project.

The proposal is to add more than one thousand acres to the city of Kennewick, south of Interstate 82 and east of the Badger Road interchange.

The city has developed plans to use the expansion for industrial projects.

Mayor Steve Young says using the land for industrial projects would create thousands of jobs.

"If we're going to get to this creation of new lands and get off reliance to Hanford, it's critical that we get this done and get that infrastructure in," Young said.

After the planning commission votes on the proposal, Benton County commissioners will take a vote at their next meeting.

Young says work on infrastructure would start immediately if the proposal is approved.

The meeting is at 7pm Tuesday night at the Benton County planning annex in Prosser. The address is 1002 Dudley Avenue.