Amon Creek Natural Preserve

Development
5:00 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Preserve Vs. Road: Tri-Cities' Growing Pains Erupt In Public Planning Battle

Scott Woodward shows off Amon Creek Natural Preserve in Richland, Washington.
Anna King

The Tri-Cities are growing faster than most other metro areas in the Northwest and the nation. From a high spot like Badger Mountain, it’s easy see how rapidly new neighborhoods are leveling off ridgelines and hacking into fruit orchards.

Nearly every week, development in the wide-open spaces of eastern Washington is celebrated with golden shovels and ribbon cuttings. But that’s beginning to change.

Now there’s a very public pinch point: a small track of wildland versus a planned city road.

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