A proposal to have an earlier deadline for comprehensive plan amendments in Kennewick stalled Tuesday at the city council meeting.
Gregory McCormick, planning director, told the council about plans to change the deadline from Sept. 1 to May 1, so city staff would have sufficient time to properly review property owners' applications for changes in land use as allowed by the comprehensive plan.
Comprehensive plan amendments typically are considered at the end of each year when the council votes to approve or deny them.
The council must act on the proposal before the end of February so a 60-day public notice, as required by state law, can occur before May 1, McCormick said.
"The intent is to create a smoother process, to make it better (for city staff) and the development community," said Jeff Kossow, director of economic development.
But the council didn't want to rush a decision and decided to hold off until its first meeting in February.
"I'm a little confused by this. Maybe we should continue this for a couple of weeks," said Councilman Bob Olson before making the motion to table a decision.
Paul Christensen, of Oasis Development Corporation in Pasco and who has represented Kennewick developer Jose Chavallo as a consulting engineer, said the earlier deadline and other recommended changes in the comprehensive plan amendments process were "confusing and hard for the layman to use."
Christensen said it appeared more was being required from people who want to apply for comprehensive plan amendments. "If this process is supposed to be easier, why are there more (requirements)?" he asked.
Sharon Brown, mayor pro tem, asked questions about how an applicant could be sure they had done everything correctly in the application process without risk of learning later that they had not satisfied the conditions but the deadline to reapply was past.
Councilman John Hubbard said the materials McCor-mick presented wasn't user-friendly enough to his liking.
"I'd prefer to see a more complete package, with more steps in how to do it," Hubbard said.
Councilman Paul Parish initially moved to adopt the proposal as presented, then withdrew it after hearing that a two-week delay wouldn't affect the need for a 60-day public notice.