The Kennewick City Council has voted to rezone land in the Southridge area where a commercial-retail village is envisioned.
The 55 acres owned by Milo Bauder of Richland is in the heart of Southridge, where Hildebrand Boulevard is to be extended west from South Sherman Street.
The rezone from agriculture to commercial community is consistent with city goals and follows Kennewick's comprehensive plan.
Bauder told the council at Tuesday's public hearing that the rezone will help his planning for development of single-family homes on more than 200 acres on an adjacent parcel.
Wes Romine, Kennewick development services manager, said the village center is envisioned as a mixed-use area with multi-unit residential, retail and professional development.
The council approved the rezone 6-0, with Councilman Bob Olson absent. The planning commission had unanimously recommended the approval.
Also Tuesday, the council adopted new rules for filling vacancies on city boards and commissions. There will be no term limits, and each vacancy will require that all applicants be interviewed, including incumbents. Councilman John Hubbard opposed the change because he wanted to keep term limits.
"There is value in bringing new blood to these boards and commissions," he said.