Developer Miffed When Development Plan Nixed

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December 7, 2009 by   - () Leave a Comment

The skyline on the east end of Thompson Hill in Kennewick, Wash., could become an RV park … or grazing land with a stellar view for goats and cows, says Jose Chavallo.

The Tri-City developer is miffed the city nixed his idea of a wine-themed destination resort for the hilltop property, according to the Tri-City Herald.

Chavallo told the Kennewick City Council and nearly 100 people attending a meeting last week that he is in discussions with someone interested in putting an RV park on his land above and next to the Panoramic Heights subdivision in South Kennewick. The site located near the confluence of the Columbia and Snake rivers in southeast Washington

He claims the property already is approved for pasturing goats and cows, if he chose to do so. 

Putting an RV park on the hill raises different issues.

Kennewick codes allow RV parks in open spaces, but not in residential zones.

That gives Chavallo the option to put an RV park on the 20 acres designated open space.

But City Planning Manager Ferdouse Oneza said the Kennewick developer would have to obtain proper zoning, necessary permits, meet critical slope regulations, follow the Southridge Sub-Area Plan and address issues involving roads and access to water.

The hill is higher than where Kennewick water currently is available.

Romine said a new city reservoir would have to be built to serve the high ground with potable water and sufficient pressure for fire protection. Also, Chavallo would have to solve the access issue to ensure that firefighters and police could reach the development.

The RV park idea is Chavallo’s second choice. He’d rather build a destination resort on the prime view land.

The proposed complex, which he calls Citadel Resort, would focus on attracting tourists. His proposal includes condos, a wine-themed resort, a restaurant, mixed-use boutique hotel and an interpretative center.

It could become a crown for the city, Paul Christensen, a project engineer from the Pasco offices of Oasis Development, told the Herald after a Nov. 16 city planning commission meeting at which Chavallo asked for a comprehensive plan amendment to change the 20 acres from open space to commercial use.

The city council rejected that request last week, prompting Chavallo to talk about goats, cows and an RV park on his Thompson Hill property.

After the meeting, Chavallo refused to answer questions about his proposal, and he did not return phone calls Thursday.

He has not said if he will appeal the council’s decision.

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