It now is illegal to discharge a weapon -- air gun or firearm -- in a city of Pasco park.
The Pasco City Council approved an ordinance Monday making discharging a weapon in city park a misdemeanor offense. The ordinance was approved by a 6-1 vote, with Councilman Tom Larsen voting against it.
There was no discussion on the ordinance before the vote, but the staff report indicated the ordinance was a "housekeeping" issue to bring Pasco's municipal code in compliance with state law.
It previously was a misdemeanor offense to possess a firearm in a city park.
Signs at the parks "have always stated it is illegal to discharge weapons in the park and will remain the same," according to the report provided to the council.
The discrepancy with the signs and Pasco's municipal code apparently was brought to the council's attention by a Pasco resident.
The change in the law, however, likely wouldn't have made a difference last summer when a gang-related shooting broke out at Chiawana Park, disrupting a sunny Sunday at the park for about 300 people.
No bystanders were hurt by gunfire, but one reported gang member was hit twice.
-- The council briefly discussed an appeal to a modification to the city's comprehensive plan land use map that would change an area in east Pasco from low-density residential to mixed residential.
The area is west of Charles Avenue, north of Clark Street and south of Highland Park.
The change means that developers could request a zoning change to allow them to build apartment complexes, duplexes or four-plexes in the area, instead of only single-family homes.
The planning commission had a hearing on Dec. 16, where it determined the change was appropriate, but adjoining property owners filed an appeal of the commission's recommendation.
City Manager Gary Crutchfield told the council the commission said it might be better to create a buffer between the commercial properties to the west of the site and residential properties to the east by allowing multifamily housing there.
The council delayed making a decision because it did not have a complete report from the planning commission hearing. It is expected to be decided at the council's next meeting.