The City of Richland and Port of Benton recently acquired 1,341 acres of federally transferred property
from the Department of Energy (DOE). Approximately 884 of the 1,341 acres are located outside of the
current City of Richland Urban Growth Boundary (UGB). As a result, the City of Richland and the Port of
Benton have requested to expand the UGB to include this additional property. The request includes
adding an additional 300 acres of land recently acquired by Energy Northwest from DOE. The total
Urban Growth Area (UGA) request covers approximately 1,184 acres. However, included in the request
is to remove approximately 283 acres of DOE property that is located within the existing City UGB. This
property is generally known as a portion of the 300 area. DOE has no plans to incorporate a portion of
the 300 area into the City of Richland in the near future.
The Washington State Growth Management Act (GMA) of 1990 requires that cities conduct a Capital
Facilities Analysis (CFA), that shows they have the capacity to serve the Urban Growth Area (UGA) within
their jurisdiction and that they adopt a Capital Facilities Plan (CFP) as part of their comprehensive plans,
in order to ensure that utilities, transportation, and other public facilities will be reasonably available to
accommodate planned growth over the next twenty years. Capital facilities provide the basic
infrastructure of the community and are critical if growth is to be accommodated.
The Richland City Council, at the recommendation of the Planning Commission, adopted the revision of the Capital Facilities Plan at its November 15, 2016 meeting.
The City has submitted an application to Benton County and is awaiting a decision.