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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. 

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.


Project Status Updates

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.

The project design started early 2015 and it was advertised for bid in June 2016. There was only one bidder and price was significantly higher than the engineer’s construction cost estimate. The City Council has made a decision to postpone the project and re-advertise it early 2017.

View photos of the project

Arterial Preservation Project - Multiple Locations

The project will improve S. Camas Avenue (7th St to 9th St), 9th Street (S. Camas Ave to S. Wasco Ave), and West 1st Street (US Highway 97 to Ahtanum Ave, and Wasco Ave to Wapato). Funding for the project is provided by a TIB (Transportation Improvement Board) grant of $710,280 and City local match fund of $78,920. The City local match fund will be from the Transportation Benefit District ($20 vehicle license fee). The project will grind and asphalt overlay the pavement and upgrade the wheelchair ramps and drainage systems for all these three streets.

The project design started December 2015 and it was advertised for bid in June 2016. There was only one bidder and price was higher than the engineer’s construction cost estimate. The City Council has made a decision to postpone the project and re-advertise it early 2017.

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.

Environmental review for the project started early 2016 and design of the project started in August 2016. Construction will start in 2017.

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 20 single family homes in 2017.  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.

Energy Efficiency Improvements to City Buildings

The City of Wapato received an Energy Grant of $313,797 from the Washington State Department of Commerce (DOC) in May 2016. The grant will be used for retrofitting eight (8) of the City’s buildings to improve energy efficiency. These buildings include City Hall, Library, Police Building, Fire Station, Community Center, Swimming Pool, Public Works Shop, and Wastewater Treatment Plant. The energy conservation improvements to these buildings mainly include heating and air conditioning system replacement, de-stratification fan installation, insulation upgrade, lighting upgrade, and variable frequency control installation in the Wastewater Treatment Plant. Sensors will be installed on the garage doors at the Fire Station and Public Works Shop to disable the heaters when the garage doors are open. The total project cost is approximately $510,200. The energy grant provides needed funding to upgrade the City’s aging facilities. In addition, the project will save the City energy cost of approximately $18,300 per year. Besides the DOC grant, the City will receive $15,500 energy incentives from the gas and power companies, and the City will provide $180,900 local match. The State will lend $180,900 to Wapato and the annual payment of the loan is $18,000 (less than the loan payment).

Construction of the project will start in November or December 2016.

 

Completed Projects

Street Lighting Upgrade

There are approximately 220 street lights in the City of Wapato. Fifty-five (55) of them are owned by the City and the rest of them are owned by Pacific Power. Most of the city-owned street lights are located in the downtown business area on West 1st Street, S. Wapato Avenue, Donald Road, 2nd Street, and 3rd Street.

The City received a grant from Washington State TIB (Transportation Improvement Board) and energy incentive from Pacific Power to upgrade the City-owned street lights to LED fixtures. LED street lights are brighter and have longer life than high pressure sodium street lights. This project improved traffic safety at night, save about 70% of energy cost, and reduced street light maintenance cost.

The project is a low-cost project because the work was done by a city staff member who is a certified electrician. The project was finished early October 2016.

View photos of the project

9th Street Sidewalk

The City installed a 6-foot and 8-foot wide sidewalk on south side of 9th Street. Retrofit wheelchair ramps to meet the ADA standards, and installed speed feedback signs on S. Camas Ave.  The project closed the last gap of sidewalk in the school area to: increase connectivity of the existing sidewalk network, improve pedestrian safety, and encourage students to walk and bike to school.

The 9th Street Sidewalk construction project started on August 23, 2016 and was completed in early October. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on October 10. The design engineer was Gray & Osborne and contractor was DW Excavating based in Davenport, WA. The City used a grant of $402,850.00 from WSDOT Safe Routes to School Program and Transportation Benefit District fund ($20 Car Tab Fees) of $30,000. The City involved Wapato School District (WSD) and Yakama Nation Housing Authority in the project as important stakeholders.

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Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements

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

Construction of the wastewater treatment plant project started in October 2014. Late November 2015 the new MBR system started full operation and the project was substantially complete. The project was quite an accomplishment because it was one month ahead of EPA deadline, within budget, and the effluent water quality is meeting all the NPDES permit requirements.

View photos of the project

North Wasco/Sitcum Avenue

The N. Wasco Avenue and Sitcum Avenue improvements project has been completed. The project includes 1,600 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 has been 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).

The project was designed by Gray & Osborne and constructed by Granite Construction, Inc. A ribbon cut ceremony was held on May 31, 2016. The project was very successful because (1) it was completed more than one month ahead of schedule, (2) it was $170,000 below budget, (3) there was no construction change order, and (4) the City performed wonderful public-outreach and received support not only from Valicoff Fruit, but also from Skone & Connors, Sun Valley Organics LLC, John Haas Inc., Key Bank, and Anytime Fitness.

View photos of the project

 

Contacts
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.