The third time wasn't the charm for a Pasco rezone application that the city council twice has kicked back to the planning commission for review.
In a 4-3 vote Monday, the council rejected a zoning appeal asking to change 3.5 acres on Charles Avenue from C1 commercial and R1 low-density residential to the higher-density R3 zone that would allow apartments to be built.
The council first heard the appeal in May and sent it back to the planning commission to reconsider a height restriction for buildings along Charles Avenue across the street from single-story homes.
In a 6-1 decision July 23, the council sent it back when members didn't like the commission's recommendation for a 25-foot height limit, which would allow two-story buildings.
The appeal came to the council a third time Monday after the commission repeated its prior recommendation, this time with a more detailed explanation of its logic.
Councilman Al Yenney has been opposed to allowing anything more than one-story apartments at least along the Charles Street frontage that faces a row of single-story homes.
He repeated that position Monday and said he didn't think the commission had done what the council wanted.
Councilmen Bob Hoffmann, Saul Martinez and Tom Larsen voted with Yenney against the rezone, instead wanting a version with the one-story height limit.
Mayor Matt Watkins, Mayor Pro Tem Rebecca Francik and Councilman Mike Garrison voted in favor of the rezone.