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Below are General Planning Department notices as well as information on Planning matters currently before the Hearings Examiner, Planning Commission, and Board of County Commissioners.  If you have any questions regarding the information here, please call us at (509) 786-5612 or use our  Contact Us form.

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Applications for proposed amendments to the Benton County Comprehensive Plan for the 2021 Annual Amendment Cycle will be accepted by the Benton County Planning Department from October 1, 2020 until 5:00 p.m. on December 1, 2020.  Under State planning law, an opportunity to seek amendments to the Plan is provided annually to residents, property owners and interested parties.  Annual amendments can propose changes to land use designations, policies, or any other components of the Plan, except changes to the urban growth area (UGA), which only occurs every five years.

A complete application to amend must include all information requested on the Comprehensive Plan Amendment Application Form provided by the Planning Department, a completed SEPA checklist, and the appropriate fees made payable to the Benton County Treasurer.  COMPLETE APPLICATIONS and fees must be received by the Benton County Planning Department by December 1, 2020.

If you would like to request an application form, or for further information, please call the Benton County Planning Department at: (509) 736-3086 (Tri Cities) or 786-5612 (Prosser).  The Comprehensive Plan Amendment ordinance and evaluation criteria are posted on the Benton County Planning Department Website.  You may obtain an application: by writing to the Benton County Planning Department, P.O. Box 910, Prosser, WA 99350; or you may access the documents online

Notice of Application - Optional DNS Process

Agency File Number:  EA 2020-023/SUB 2020-007

Date of permit application: August 5, 2020
Date of determination of completeness: August 12, 2020
Date of Notice of Application: August 12, 2020
Comment due date: 14 days from publication of this notice
Date of Publication of Notice of Application: August 19, 2020

Agency Contact: Greg Wendt, Benton County Planning Manager, (509) 786-5612

Project Description: An application for the preliminary plat of Country Acres, a subdivision of 160.25 acres into fourteen (14) lots, with an average lot size of 11.17 acres and smallest lot size of 5.14 acres. The zoning designation for the property is Rural Lands Five Acre (RL-5) Zone.

Project Location: The site is located south the KID canal, at the intersection of Country Heights Drive and Homestead Road, to be accessed at the end of Homestead Road in Section 20, Township 8 North, Range 28 East, W.M.  Parcel 120882000004000.

Project Applicant: TTAP Construction, 1313 N Young Street, Suite C, Kennewick, WA 99336

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(Optional DNS Process)

Benton County has received a permit application for the following project:
LIGO Exploration Center Facility (LExC) Project: Construct a single story 13,970 square foot Exploration Center designed to exhibit scientific information related to magnetic waves to the public. The Project includes 55 paved parking spaces, 78 unpaved parking spaces, and related site work.

Project Location:  Adjacent to the current LIGO Hanford Observatory project at 127124 N. Route 10 Richland, WA on Hanford Route 10 approximately 5.4 miles North of SR 240. There is no associated parcel number. 

Agency Contact:
Greg J. Wendt, Planning Manager, Benton County Planning Department  Phone Number: (509) 786-5612

Agency File Number:  EA 2020-025

Project Applicant: 
Terence L Thornhill, Architect                                                                                 
5804 Road 90, Suite E,
Pasco, WA 99301

Date of permit application: September 9, 2020 
Date of determination of completeness: September 10, 2020
Date of Notice of Application:  September 11, 2020
Notice of Application Publication Date: September 16, 2020
Comment due date: September 30, 2020

SEPA Environmental Review:  The Benton County Planning Department has reviewed the proposed project for probable adverse environmental impacts and expects to issue a Determination of Non-Significance (DNS) or Mitigated Determination of Non-Significance (MDNS). The proposal may include mitigation measures under applicable codes, and the project review process may incorporate or require mitigation measures regardless of whether an EIS is prepared. The optional DNS process in WAC 197-11-355 is being used.  This may be your only opportunity to comment on the environmental impacts of the proposed project.

Agencies, tribes, and the public are encouraged to review and comment on the proposed project and its probable environmental impacts.  Comments must be submitted by the due date noted above (14 days from date of publication) to the Benton County Planning Department, P.O. Box 910 Prosser, WA 99350. Any information submitted to Benton County is subject to the public records disclosure law for the State of Washington (RCW Chapter 42.17) and all other applicable law that may require the release of the documents to the public.

This project does not require a public hearing. A copy of the subsequent threshold determination and any other information concerning this action may be obtained by contacting the Benton County Planning Department, P.O. Box 910, Prosser, WA (509) 786-5612.


The Benton County Rural Water Supply Program went into effect on February 1, 2020. Customers wishing to apply for a new subdivision, short plat, or residential building permit for a dwelling unit within the Mitigation Area are required to participate in the Program.  

Rural Water Supply Program Affected areas Map
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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the following applications have been proposed to the Benton County Hearings Examiner for Benton County, Washington.

CUP 2020-011 Applicants: Conrad Russell Excavating & George Schneider
Applicants are proposing a mining operation that is intended to create usable farmland out of rocky scabland. In order to utilize the land for agricultural purposes, the rocky outcroppings will be crushed and either sold and removed from the site or stockpiled for later use. The project will be conducted in phases starting on the southern-most parcel and working north across the site for an undetermined amount of time until the land is clear of outcroppings. The project site consists of 3 parcels: 1-2395-102-0030-003, 1-2395-102-0030-002, and 1-2395-302-0015-000 (aka 80408 W Old Inland Empire Hwy Prosser, WA 99350)

CUP 2020-010 Applicants: Eric and Jennifer Corwin
The applicants are in the process of building a new home and when that home is complete, they will be remodeling the existing/current home into an Accessory Dwelling Unit. The site is located 83204 North Harrington Road in West Richland. Section 23, Township 7 North, Range 27 East, W.M.

CUP 2020-012 Applicant: James DeGrado
The applicant is requesting to operate a commercial wine production facility within an existing structure on the property. In addition to the 3600 sq ft wine production building, there will be an associated evaporation/infiltration pond (47’ x 70’ with 90 cubic yards of volume) on an adjacent portion of the parcel. The production facility is intended for bottling and shipping needs on a rental basis, with activities expected to be seasonal in both spring and fall. The site is located 34809 North Schumacher PR NE in Benton City. Section 16, Township 9 North, Range 27 East, W.M.

CUP 2020-013 Applicant: The Pit Bull Pen (Trish Trickit)
The applicant wishes to operate a commercial dog kennel/dog rescue facility for up to 20 dogs, with associated outdoor improvements necessary for the operation of kennel and facilitation of adoption events.  The site is located at 22206 E. Kennedy Road Benton City, WA  99320 directly north of Interstate 82. 

NOTICE IS GIVEN that said the Benton County Hearings Examiner will hold an open record public hearing for the above stated applications on Monday, September 21, 2020 at 10:00 am.

Due to the ongoing and unprecedented COVID-19 emergency, participation in this meeting will only be offered virtually. All concerned persons may virtually appear and present any support for or objection to an application or provide written testimony to the Hearings Examiner in care of the Planning Department on or before the date of the hearings. Written testimony may be submitted to: Benton County Planning Department PO Box 910 Prosser, WA 99350. Any information submitted to Benton County is subject to the public records disclosure laws for the State of Washington (RCW Chapter 42.17) and all other laws that may require the release of the documents to the public.

To find information on virtual attendance options, including streaming video, Webex video conferencing and telephone, please visit

If you wish to provide comments on any of the actions before the Hearings Examiner, we ask that you please fill out our online form (found at and submit your request to our office. You must submit a request form to participate for each hearing that you wish to attend.  If you prefer to make the request by phone, please call our office at (509) 786-5612 and we can add you to the list for providing testimony.  At the meeting the names of those wishing to testify will be called out and at that time you will be able to present your comments/concerns regarding the specific agenda item. We do ask that participants please limit background noise or mute their line to prevent any unnecessary interruption to the meeting.

If you have questions regarding any of the land use proposals listed or have questions about submitting comments or attending a virtual hearing, please contact the Planning Department at 509-786-5612 or visit our office at 102206 E. Wiser Parkway, Kennewick, WA 99338.

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Cancellation of the September 8, 2020 
Planning Commission Meeting

Due to the lack of Agenda items, the September 8, 2020 meeting of the Benton County Planning Commission is hereby cancelled; the next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on October 13, 2020 at the Planning Annex Public Hearing Room, 1002 Dudley Avenue, Prosser WA 99350 at 6:00 p.m.



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