CITY OF PASCO NEWS RELEASE -- At the public forum held at TRAC on June 13 regarding the possible annexation of the “donut hole” area in West Pasco, there were a number of myths repeated about annexation.
The City of Pasco wishes to unequivocally dispel these myths and set the record straight about annexation.
The public is encouraged to read annexation questions and comparisons on the City’s website. A matrix showing the similarities between County and City regulations, as well as detailed cost comparisons, is also online.
The public is encouraged to contact the City if they have additional questions.
Pasco’s Urban Growth Area (UGA) has been defined by Franklin County as required by the state’s Growth Management Act (GMA) since the early 1990’s. Designation as UGA, however, does not require “urban” density throughout the area.
A common misconception is that the city wants the “donut hole” (western portion of UGA below the freeway) to be converted to small lots like the “plateau” (above the freeway); that is simply not true.
The city created its “R-S-20” zone (20,000 sq. ft. min. lot size) to use in the western Pasco area (below the freeway) so that existing, large lot subdivisions could be maintained.