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East Pasco Neighbors Fear Pollution From Industrial Rezoning

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The City of Pasco is still growing in more ways than one. In east Pasco there's an instance of residential growth and industrial growth that may be growing into a concern. The City of Pasco is still growing in more ways than one. In east Pasco there's an instance of residential growth and industrial growth that may be growing into a concern.
PASCO, WA - The City of Pasco is still growing in more ways than one. In east Pasco there's an instance of residential growth and industrial growth that may be growing into a concern.

Tierra Vida is a newer neighborhood along a street in east Pasco. Residents there believe a proposed rezoning of about 365 acres of land currently used for farming across the street from “light industrial” to “medium” would not only upgrade the value of the land, but the amount of disturbance where they live.

"Now we're going to have more pollution here in this area. It's not healthy for my baby to be raised in that pollution. The healthier, the better she can be and for everybody not just her," said Socorro Garcia as he held his baby girl.

A light industrial zoning already allows for warehouses and wholesale in the area. That includes businesses that don't distract with light, noise or smells. A medium zoning could change that.

"My husband and I have lived here for 3 years next month and we just love it here. We want to make sure that we continue to love it," explained Leanne Smith, another concerned neighbor. "We don't know what kind of smells and noise and light and smoke and fumes could be there."

Medium industrial zoning is defined as creating those disturbances but only to a degree that you'd notice if you were on site. The city thinks it would put the property in a better position to be developed.

"We'd like to see income sources come to the City of Pasco. So we would support that, but we want to make sure that whatever businesses come this way don't decrease our quality of life," said Smith.

A group of neighbors have been meeting to discuss how they'd like to bring their concerns to the city. They plan to voice their opinions tonight during a public comment period of the Pasco Planning Commission meeting.

"I want to be cooperative and open but we need to make sure that the interests of the community are protected as we discuss this."

The neighbors say their main goal is to work with the city to figure out what's best for everyone. 
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