YAKIMA, Wash. —The city says no.
Efforts to move forward on erecting a new video scoreboard at Zaepfel Stadium were officially stopped on Friday when the city of Yakima denied the Yakima School District's petition for a variance on the local zoning code.
The planning division of the city's Department of Community Development recommended denying the request last month and, after a public hearing was held on Oct. 24, a Hearing Examiner released the final decision on Friday to deny the variance.
At issue for the city is the size and height of the proposed scoreboard — 605 total square feet and 35 feet high — and its proximity to traffic on Tieton Drive and So. 40th Ave. and the surrounding residential area.
The current scoreboard located at the west end of the stadium is 32 square feet and a variance is required for anything larger than 50 square feet. The proposed scoreboard is similar to those at Mount Tahoma High School, where the state track and field meets are held, and at Quincy High School. It would be smaller in scale than the one at Yakima County Stadium.
At the public hearing there was an overwhelming amount of support expressed for the new scoreboard, which would be used for football, soccer and track and field. No one spoke out against it.
The Yakima School District can appeal the decision to the City Council within the next two weeks.