Pasco is considering another annexation, but this time it's being initiated by the property owners.
At its Monday meeting, the city council discussed annexing two pieces of land totaling 6.2 acres on Argent Road in northwest Pasco, just east of Chiawana High School.
Acting City Manager Stan Strebel said the owners, Richard and Carel Rogers, came to the city asking to be annexed.
The city has been trying to annex the unincorporated "doughnut hole" surrounded by west Pasco, but it has typically done so in larger chunks of property, Strebel said.
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Past annexations have been met with resistance from some property owners, who placed a proposition on the November 2013 ballot that would have de-annexed two areas recently brought in to the city, totaling just over a square mile.
The proposition was rejected by more than 70 percent of the voters in the city, including almost 60 percent of people in the annexed areas.
The annexation that went into effect Jan. 1 actually created two smaller doughnut holes by dividing up the unincorporated area. City Planner Dave McDonald said if the council approves the newly proposed annexation, it would create two more doughnut holes, because two pieces of property adjacent to the Rogers' land would still be in unincorporated Franklin County.
That would bring the total number of doughnut holes in Pasco to five. Kennewick and Richland have four doughnut holes each, McDonald said.
The Rogers' property has a house and a shop and is zoned single-family residential with the county. McDonald said it would likely be zoned like the suburban housing on neighboring Road 70 Place.
"There'll be some zoning consideration that takes place," he said.
The council also announced it will not meet next Monday. That means the earliest the council could vote on the annexation would be Sept. 2.
McDonald also told the council about a plan to build a new five-acre park in the Chapel Hill development, just south of Interstate 182 and east of Road 68. The park's construction has been planned since 2003, but was held up because the original developer of the subdivision, MT-1 LLC, went bankrupt and lost the property, he said.
A second developer, All American Homes, also failed to make payments for the property. Building the park will require the city to pay $15,814 in back taxes that All American owes.
"We do have folks in the neighborhood who keep asking when their park is going to be built," McDonald said.
-- Geoff Folsom: 509-582-1543; firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter: @GeoffFolsom