Pasco slowing down on new neighborhood developments

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PASCO, Wash. - Pasco has a plan to stunt the growth of the city. They're putting a stop to large new developments for the time being.

Pasco is realizing it's getting too big, too fast.

Helen Hyland remembers when much of the city was farmland.

She said, "We loved our fields, we loved to see the crops. It's just hard for us to think of having houses down there."

Pasco has nearly tripled in size in the last 20 years.

"They're just kinda getting carried away with building too many houses, not putting the right planning into it it and of course my big concern is the schools," said Helen.

Pasco Schools enroll enough new students to fill an entire elementary school every year. This is why the city is taking a hard look at zoning. Most codes haven't changed since the 50's.

Rick White, director of Community and Economic development for the city said,"It could be a crowding issue, it could be a monotony issue or an aesthetic issue."

Pasco issued a six month hold on any land that would be subdivided for multiple homes. The city is worried about density, packing too many homes into too small of a space.

Officials will take a closer look at requirements for building plans. From how far apart the houses are, down to where garages are built, even where driveways lead into the street.

A commission will review current laws so they meet with the community's current idea of good neighborhood planning.

Rick said, "When you apply those older rules of course today you wonder if that's what's really intended."

This doesn't mean a single family lot cannot be purchased or built. The city just just looking to slow down whole new neighborhoods until the rules are updated.

Neighbors like Helen think this has been a long time coming.

"Lets slow down and kinda smell the roses and let's make this a good city," she said.

Officials will start meeting on this issue next week.

They hope to have a resolution before the six month moratorium is up.