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Residents Have One Last Resort to Stop Re-Zoning

Yakima, wash --  The Washington State Court of Appeals ruled last week that the city of Yakima followed all of the proper procedures while they carried out the re-zoning of Congdon Orchards.  Parts of the 725 acres of land were re-zoned for commercial business, and so far there are plans to build a Wal-Mart department store.

The decision has been challenged by a local group that calls themselves the Neighbors for Responsible Development, who's arguments thus far have been denied by both the Superior Court and Court of Appeals.

Randy Beehler, the Community Relations Manager for the city of Yakima, says that " The last resort that the neighbors have is to take the case to the Washington State Supreme Court"

If that effort fails, there is nothing that NFRD can do to prevent the construction of the Wal-Mart, which will be built on the corner of Nob Hill Boulevard and 64th Avenue.

The area was first re-zoned in July, 2002, and has been challenged every step of the way by NFRD.