The Chinook mobile home park on 45th Avenue in Kennewick won't be rezoned to allow expansion.
The Kennewick City Council unanimously rejected a request from the park owner to change the zoning from low-density residential to residential trailer park.
The decision pleased a half-dozen residents who live near the park, and followed the recommendation of the city's planning commission.
The 11.8-acre park, which has 48 units, was created in the 1970s and subsequently was surrounded by single-family homes.
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It was zoned for a trailer park in 1979 when the city annexed the area, but rezoned to low-density residential in 2002, with the park allowed as a nonconforming use, said Anthony Muai, city planner.
The park owner asked to have the land revert to trailer park zoning so he could add up to 14 more units to the almost 12 acres.
"The trailers are mostly low-income, which is fine, but more trailers will bring more of the same with lower values and crimes," said Terry Vause, who lives on W. 40th Avenue near the Chinook park.
Vause, who opposed the rezone only because it could bring more mobile homes to the area, said he had chased suspected burglars off his property twice and feared more burglaries will follow if more trailers are allowed.
Brian George, another homeowner whose property backs up to the mobile home park, told the council he researched the number of police calls to the park for the past six years.
"The average is 78 calls per year. More trailers will make it worse," he said.
Caleb Romack of Moxee, who represents the park owner, said the total number of police calls, being almost 500 for six years, was "kind of shocking," but shouldn't be assumed for the future.
Romack said his research showed only three police calls to the park since January this year.
That is far less than the average for the same period during the last six years, which was 20.
Romack said the property owner, Ronald Hurst of Port Orchard, plans to pave the streets in the park and bring in "new manufactured homes."
Aside from noting what appeared to be a history of high number of police calls, the council did not ask questions or discuss among themselves the rezoning request before voting to reject it.
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