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Some Believe Proposed Kennewick Lot Size Changes Could be Positive

KENNEWICK, Wash.- Some local builders are in support of a Kennewick City Council ordinance that would relax guidelines on new building lot sizes.

The proposal would allow builders to build on lots as small as about 6,000 square feet, but still place no more than 4 lots on each acre.   It would also provide extra room for parks and other amenities.

In the eyes of some, this could better the quality of life in the region.

It's a national trend that builders say gives them increased flexibility when designing new communities for our area's ever changing demographics.

"If allowed to develop some smaller lots, that's going to be a benefit, especially to perhaps our senior citizens, and also to young professionals who aren't interested in maintaining a 10 or 12-thousand square foot lot," said Derrick Smith, Vice President at MacKay and Sposito, Incorporated. 

Communities all over the northwest are becoming more flexible, and some feel if Kennewick doesn't, they'll fall behind.

A special code revision task force proposed the change after nearly 18 months of talks on a variety of issues affecting the city.

The council is expected to revisit the issue sometime soon.

The City Council was not available for comment on the issue.