Hundreds of people are expected to attend a public hearing at the Yakima County Courthouse Thursday that will determine the future of a proposed surf park near Moxee. Northwest Surf Parks is hoping to build a 24-acre surf park on a 39.5-acre piece of property located just north of Moxee. The hearing in front of the Yakima County Hearings Examiner is set for 9:30 am Thursday in conference room B33 in the basement of the Yakima County Courthouse.

The meeting is expected to draw both sides who support and oppose the proposal

Northwest Surf Parks LLC is hoping the examiner gives approval for the site to be the future home of a $30 million surf park which would include a 5.5 surf pool, a surfing school and fitness center. Plans also call for skate and dog parks, beach volleyball and fire pits plus RV and campsites. A restaurant and 23 lodging units are also in the plans. It's an exciting plan for some but some neighbors near the proposed site, near the intersection of Norman Road and Reed Lane say they're against the project because of a lack of water and roads that are built for the kind of traffic expected at the park.

A decision is expected just days after the hearing on Thursday

The decision by the hearing examiner is expected within 10 days after the hearing Thursday. The decision will be final but could be appealed in Yakima County Superior Court. There's a 21-day appeal period. If there's no appeal the project would be able to move forward with construction.
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