A public hearing about Kennewick's request to extend its urban growth boundaries for industrial purposes was postponed Tuesday evening.
The Benton County Planning Department recommended denying the request, claiming the city did not do enough to show why the 1,263-acre addition was needed, according to county documents.
The staff report to the county planning commission noted a need for empty lots in the city to be filled first. The city submitted a request to include land south of Interstate 82 and west of Highway 395 in its urban growth area.
City estimates show that the city has a shortage of vacant industrial land for its 20-year projected growth.
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Continuing the public hearing will give city staff more time to work with county planners on their concerns, said Evelyn Lusignan, Kennewick's customer service manager.
She said more time is needed to respond to the 234-page staff report. No date was set for the hearing.