Pasco considering incentive program

The Pasco City Council is considering creating a program to encourage new projects on vacant lots within already developed industrial and commercial areas.

These kinds of projects are one of the city council's priorities.

Pasco could create an incentive where a credit would be applied to public improvements, such as street, water and sewer projects, required for a commercial or industrial project during the city's permitting process, said Rick White, city community and economic development director, during a city council meeting last week.

The city would use money from the industrial development and infrastructure fund to pay for the incentive, White said.

City staff will explore an idea of basing an incentive on the amount the project will bring to the tax rolls for a certain number of years.

The city would set an area for such a program, such as east of 20th Avenue and south of Interstate 182.