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Grant Co. Planning Commission Recommends Gorge Amphitheatre Expansion Master Plan

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 EPHRATA, WA - The company that runs perhaps the most popular music venue in the northwest has some big plans for it. Live Nation wants to add more camping space, restaurants, cabins and more to the Gorge Amphitheatre, near Quincy.

However, a lot of people who live nearby in Grant County are not happy with the idea. They say the Gorge already has problems with local services often overwhelmed on concert weekends. 

Grant County Planning Commissioners discussed the proposal at a meeting tonight in Ephrata.

"We have new folks on the consulting team. We are pledging and one are implementing a program to help make this work for the Gorge and for the community," said a Live Nation representative, David Bricklin.

"How will the county benefit? What is the purpose that we would allow the Gorge to enlarge this much before we would take care of the current problems," said Quincy resident Harriett Webber.

The planning commission unanimously voted to recommend that Grant County commissioners go ahead with a master plan. That does not mean anything moves forward yet. Live Nation will have to apply for a permit to develop a master plan. 

The Planning Commission believed if it is done right the issues the venue has now could be fixed with better regulation.