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Zoning changes criticized

The fate of George Wyrsch's land may rest less on the ruling of the hearing examiner as it does on the city's comprehensive plan amendments the Planning Commission is presently reviewing.

Wyrsch has criticized the amendments as being an additional hamper on growth and development in the city since its code already has rules for development. He said the amendments would drastically curtail how he could develop his land south of Interstate 90's Exit 31 along Bendigo Boulevard.

Commissioners were split over the amendments, and there was talk at their Thursday, Feb. 28, meeting of rewording or even getting rid of some of the proposed overlays and zoning specifications.

"I don't like the way this is going, and I don't like the way the city's going," said Commissioner Ken Hearing.

Ty Rice, president of Hotel Brokerage Services LLS, a brokerage company that tried to build a hotel along Mount Si Boulevard, was at the meeting and criticized the city's staff for what he said were unfair and unneeded regulatory measures.

"In any jurisdiction, it's very difficult to build anything," Rice said. "But this is beyond the pale of any comparison."

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