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Friday, May 23, 2008

"Whitman planning commission OKs corridor zoning changes"

It's official. Whitman County is open for business.

From yesterday's Moscow-Pullman Daily News:
The Whitman County Planning Commission approved several amendments to the county's zoning ordinances that, if affirmed by county commissioners, will allow for a broader array of retail, commercial and industrial businesses in the Pullman-Moscow corridor.

One of the approved amendments will add a number of permitted retail operations to the county's list of operations allowed in the corridor with a conditional use permit.

The amendment will permit a variety of stores, including those that sell clothing and accessories, crafts, flowers, jewelry, office furniture and supplies, pets and other goods. It also will permit theaters and restaurants.

Businesses wishing to locate in the corridor must receive a conditional use permit from the county to operate in the area.

Previously, many retail uses were not on the list of permitted uses.

Those additions will clear the way for a variety of retail chains to locate in the corridor and specifically at the Hawkins development. Current company plans call for a 714,000-square-foot retail shopping center just west of the Idaho border. The company expects to break ground in June.

An additional amendment calls for an expansion to the county's code in light- and heavy-industrial districts that will add professional services associated with the construction industry such as architects, engineers, construction management, and developers and planners.

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