Dear Friend of the Greenway,
Recently the Yakima City Council voted to approve a 2.6-acre rezone of property within the Greenway Overlay to pave the way for a future low-barrier homeless shelter/mission. The property is located in the lot east of the old K-mart building on highway 24 and very close to the Greenway pathway. This rezone would also have an impact on Sherman Park, Robertson Landing and surrounding organizations.
The proposed rezone is in direct conflict and does not comply with the goals of the Yakima Comprehensive Plan and the Greenway Overlay Zone standards as described in the Yakima Urban Area Zoning Ordinance.
The City Council is preparing to adopt an Ordinance on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at their next Council meeting to make their vote ‘official’. Representatives of the Greenway Board were not involved in earlier discussions this summer or consulted before this land use change was applied for, but after having learned it was ‘in the works’ have voiced their opposition and concerns about the Shelter site and its likely impact on the public’s use of the Greenway. For the most part our concerns have been ignored and we have been told to accept the fact that this development will happen. Our concerns about this rezone are not related to homelessness, but rather to the land use change and its impact on the Greenway experience.
If you feel strongly enough to voice opinion on the subject, including the lack of communication and involvement of the Greenway in the process from the beginning, we encourage you to share that opinion with the City Council, City Representatives and the Board of County Commissioners. We would also encourage you to send your communication prior to the December 4, 2018 Council meeting.
Should you have any further questions regarding this matter or would like more information please contact me,
Kellie Connaughton at: or give me a call at 509-453-8280 ext 103.
Thank you for your continued support of the Yakima Greenway and your prompt attention to this matter.
Kellie Connaughton, Executive Director
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