YAKIMA, Wash. – Yakima County Commissioners unanimously approved a proposed wine and wellness resort along Konnowac Pass Road during its meeting Tuesday.
The commissioners went in line with recommendations from the Yakima County Hearing Examiner and planning staff, but took the approval one step forward by granting developers' request to extend the required timeline to complete the project. They accepted the developers' request of 13 years with a two-year extension. Yakima County staff had recommended 10 years with a two-year extension.
The resort encompasses three “wine-themed villages” that offer lodging and an array of amenities, including retail outlets, restaurants, wine tasting rooms and walking paths.
In voicing support for the development located between Moxee and Wapato, commissioners praised property owner Rodney Ryan, who was at the meeting, for a willingness to cooperate with Yakima County officials, including those in the county’s planning department.
“I think this application exemplifies how we want to do business in Yakima County,” said Commissioner Mike Leita during the meeting.
A resolution that puts the commissioners’ approval in writing will be written and signed within the next week, said Dinah Reed, the Yakima County Public Services planner who oversaw The Vineyard Resort application.
This story will be updated.