KENNEWICK — Kennewick City Council members are thinking about letting a developer lease some land in the Southridge area to build an RV park.
Harold Thompson has some property but needs a little more land the city owns to make the RV park feasible. Southridge is the area east and west of Highway 395 and generally south of 27th Avenue near Southridge High School.
"We have to delineate how much land he needs," said Jeff Kossow, director of economic development, in presenting the idea to the council at its Tuesday workshop.
The idea of a public/private partnership to help the developer appealed to council members.
"I think this is a good idea," said Councilman Paul Parish. Mayor Steve Young agreed, calling the proposal a good way to help Southridge develop.
Councilmen Bob Parks and Don Britain said the city's involvement should not include "getting into the RV park business," but offering the land under a lease arrangement to Thompson sounded good.
Kossow said the property being considered would need to be changed from commercial zoning, and an irrigation pond could be considered a "water feature" for the RV park.
Kossow said he would have city staff further explore the possibilities with Thompson and come back to the council with more definite ideas and financial aspects of the proposal.
w The council heard an update about the city's plans to extended Hildebrand Boulevard as the east-west backbone through the Southridge area.
Steve Plummer, an engineer with the city, said the first section to be built as a two-lane road would go from the existing road near Highway 395 to connect with Sherman Road.
"It is pretty much designed at developers' expense right now and could go out to bid early next year," Plummer said.
"Getting this piece in can jump-start development," he added.
-- The council voted during its regular meeting to place Britain, Young and John Givens of the Kennewick Public Facilities District board on the nine-member Tri-Cities Regional Public Facilities District board.
The regional board will have three representatives from each of three cities -- Pasco, Richland and Kennewick.
Britian will have a three-year term initially, with Young appointed for two years and Givens for one year.
Subsequent terms will be for three years.
-- John Trumbo: 582-1529; firstname.lastname@example.org