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Land Use, Zoning, & Development

In Wapato, the Fire Chief is our Planner. The City is committed to helping you through your planning and/or land use process.  If you have a change you would like to make your property, please check with the Fire Chief to make sure you are allowed to do so.  Before you purchase property, contact the Fire Chief and Building Official to find out whether you can build your desired business or home at that location. 

When you want to build, please call.  Especially if you have the following changes:

  • Fences
  • Roofing

Zoning:  Different types of land use are developed and used in different zones.  What Zone are you in?  Check the Zoning Map.

Variances, Administrative Approvals, Zoning Application

Development:  This has to do with planned developments or large construction projects.  Planned developments are annexations, short plats, long plats, subdivisions, or a planned development.  Please contact the Fire Chief for more information.

Land Use:  Land use is how the City has chosen to use land to make it compatible to different types of influences.  Before you make a change or purchase property, please find out about land use.  Please see the Land Use and Zoning Application and Wapato Municipal Code for information.

Long Range Planning:  Long-range planning is accomplished through updates to our Comprehensive Plan including urban growth area.  (Should we have the urban growth area map here?)  There are shoreline concerns along the Yakima River so please contact the Fire Chief if you have shoreline management questions.

Final Comprehensive Plan - Amended January 17, 2012

Planning Commission: The Planning Commission is a citizen advisory board of five people who serve six-year terms.  The meetings are once a month on the second Tuesday at City of Wapato Council Chambers, 205 E Third Street, Wapato WA; at 6:00 pm.  Their main purpose is to advise Council on the best direction the City should go through planning.

Meet the Planning Commission Members
Visit the Planning Commission page for Agendas and Minutes.

Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements

The City of Wapato is improving its wastewater treatment plant by constructing an MBR (membrane bio-reactor) system. The project also includes two rotary headworks screens, two anoxic selector tanks, ultraviolet disinfection system, and new sludge pumps. The total project cost is more than $10 million. The project is financed with a USDA Rural Development grant/loan funding package.

Construction of the wastewater treatment plant project started in October 2014. Early December 2015 the new MBR system started full operation and the project was substantially complete. The effluent BOD, TSS and ammonia removal rates are significantly improved and meeting the NPDES permit requirements. 

North Wasco/Sitcum Avenue

The existing N. Wasco Avenue and Sitcum Avenue will be improved through the project. The project includes 1,400 feet of two-lane asphalt roadway, curb, gutter, drainage, and improvements of the intersection of N. Wasco Avenue and W. First Street. The existing 6” waterline on N. Wasco Avenue and 4” waterline on Wenas Street will be replaced using the City’s water fund.

This project has become possible because of the partnership between the City and Valicoff Fruit Company as a developer. Funding for the project includes Yakima County SIED grant ($309,200), SIED loan ($309,200 to be paid back by Valicoff Fruit), Valicoff Fruit down payment ($129,600), and City ($100,000).

April 2016 Project Information Update

Trader Street

The project will include reconstruction of a 2-lane asphalt roadway with curb and gutter, adding sidewalk on the southwest side of the street, and storm water drainage. The estimated project cost is $500,000. Funding is from Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) grant of $450,000 and City local match of $50,000. The City local match fund will be from the Transportation Benefit District. Design of the project started early 2015 and construction will start early 2016.

9th Street Sidewalk

The project will close the last gap of sidewalk on the south side of 9th Street from S. Wasco Avenue to S. Camas Avenue.  The sidewalk will be 6 to 8 feet wide to meet the demand of the pedestrian traffic volume. The project will replace the existing non-ADA compliant curb ramps and crosswalk markings along the same route. The project will also include ADA ramp retrofits and speed feedback signs on S. Camas Avenue.

Funding for the project is provided by Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Safe Routes to School Program grant ($402,850) and City local match ($30,000). The City local match fund will be from the Transportation Benefit District. Design of the project will start early 2016 and construction will be during school break in summer 2016.

Arterial Preservation Project - Multiple Locations

The project will improve S. Camas Avenue (7th St to 9th St), 9th Street (S. Camas Ave to U.S. Highway 97), and West 1st Street (S. Wapato Ave to U.S. Highway 97). Funding for the project is provided by a Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) grant of $710,280 and City local match fund of $78,920. The City local match fund will be from the Transportation Benefit District. It will take about $1.64 million to grind and asphalt overlay the pavement and upgrade the wheelchair ramps for all these three streets. The City will develop a scope of work in order to make best use of the available funds. Construction will be in summer 2016.

North Wapato Sewage Lift Station Replacement

The North Wapato Lift Station is located on North Track Road. The lift station receives sewage from the City’s sewer customers north of the BNSF railroad tracks including Yakama Indian Nation Industrial Park and the Mamachat Indian housing development. The lift station was originally constructed in 1953, with improvements to the pumps made in the late 1960’s. This lift station requires major upgrade because of its age and deficiencies.

The project includes installing a new wet well, duplex submersible pumps, control panel, emergency generator, and fence. The project will result in health and safety improvements and savings in operational costs. The estimated project cost is $604,600. Funding for this project will be provided by Washington State Department of Commerce CDBG Program, and Washington State Department of Ecology grant/loan.
Design of the project will start early 2016 and construction will start in the fall of 2016.

French Lane Annexation

The City has annexed a portion of land north of French Lane next to Lion's Park.  The developer is trying to build approximately 20 single family homes.  French Lane will be improved at the cost of the developer. Once the project is complete, French Lane will become a public street maintained by the City.



City Hall
205 E 3rd Street
Wapato WA 98951
Tel. 509.877.2334
Fax 509.877.3979
Planning Commission Meetings

The public is invited to all open public meetings of the Wapato Planning Commission which meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm at City Hall Council Chambers, 205 E Third Street, Wapato, WA (map). For more information, contact the Fire Chief, Santos Valdez.