The city of Kennewick is considering a change to the municipal code to allow event centers on residential suburban properties of five acres or more. The planning commission took public comments on July 2 and unanimously voted against it. However, the decision rests with City Council, which will meet on July 17.
The proposed change would permit commercial event centers on 22 parcels in Kennewick. According to the city staff report: "Event centers have the tendency to create noise impacts, especially when events are held outdoors. Often, there are DJs or live bands present at events. ... Excessive noise is a nuisance to the property owners, not just adjacent to, but in some instances several houses and even blocks away."
This proposed change in city code would increase noise, traffic and drunks in residential neighborhoods. The staff report notes that if an event center violates the noise ordinance, the likelihood of enforcement is very low because of lack of police manpower. Noise violations are a low priority after safety issues. If approved, the change will lower your standard of living and property values. Keep Kennewick neighborhoods for families.
Elena Brown, Kennewick