Vista Field Redevelopment Planning Underway! Share your vision, ideas, input at: VistaField@PortofKennewick.org
Vista Field--master planning begins video Read the Vista Field FAQ (frequently asked questions) document
OPEN TO EVERYONE
Vista Vision Task Force Meetings
Occurs the third Monday of each month. The next meeting will be October 20, 2014 from 3:00p - 5:00p
OPEN TO EVERYONE
View the DPZ Draft "The Future of Vista Field Development Strategy Assessment" and the DPZ PowerPoint Presentation to Commisisioners August 12, 2014.
Vista Vision Task Force Meeting Information
|August 18, 2014||Agenda & Meeting Documents||Presentation||Minutes|
|September 15, 2014||Agenda & Meeting Documents|
|October 20, 2014||Agenda & Minutes Documents|
|November 17, 2014|
|December 15, 2014||(likely to be cancelled due to the Holidays)|
|January 19, 2015||(likely to be rescheduled due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day)|
|February 16, 2015||(likely to be rescheduled due to Presidents Day)|
|March 16, 2015|
|April 20, 2015|
|May 18, 2015|
The Port Commissioners hired Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company to design a master plan for the 113-acre site situated at the heart of the region's commercial center. Over the next eighteen months, DPZ will gather community input and craft strategic recommendations for roads, utilities, design standards, code amendments, key building locations and public spaces, a phasing plan and financing strategy. DPZ will work with retail and development experts to bring realistic and appropriate expectations to the visioning and planning process.
In August, Port staff held a FAM (familiarization) tour for members of the consulting team. The FAM was used to help inform DPZ's leadership team about our region, history, economic drivers, and existing amenities; to view the community during the active summer season; and to help them better understand varied perpectives as they prepare to lead the community visioning process for redeveloping the former Vista Field airport land. "I was amazed by and impressed with the rich diversity of the Tri-Cities -- its natural beauty, its importance and contributions in the field of energy, opportunities created by the ever-growing wine industry on Red Mountain, and last but not least, the City of Kennewick's own downtown initiatives," said Senen Antonio, a DPZ partner. "Adding that to the realization that Vista Field is the geographic center of this region, this proposed redevelopment will bring focus to the Tri-Cities with an array of far-reaching benefits."
Community branding research has identified the perception of a cultural deficit and a lack of a true regional "downtown" with locally authentic cafes or centrally-located pedestrian-friendly gathering places. "Those are the very same elements that citizens and business leaders identified and earnestly championed for in closing Vista Field," said Tim Arntzen, port executive director. "The former Vista Field airport site is a truly unique asset, and we've only got one chance to get it right. And that means involving all stakeholders in the planning." Added Commission President Don Barnes, "We will be listening carefully to the needs and desires of the community so that we create at Vista Field an environment and sense of place that will last for generations."
The port closed the small, general aviation airfield when it became clear redevelopment was the only alternative that wouldn't require a property tax increase. Redevelopment eliminates taxpayer-funded airport operating subsidies and, long-term, will benefit the entire community rather than limited users. Early economic projections by the consultant team DPZ and ECONorthwest indicated redevelopment could mean as many as 3,380 jobs, $460 million in private sector investment, $51 million in new infrastructure and $408 million in new (taxable) buildings--meaning new revenues for police, fire, hospital, libraries, schools, parks and other services.
A variety of transition activities have been undertaken, including the City of Kennewick's Planning Commission approving a re-zone of the Vista Field land from essential public facility to commercial, regional. View stories here: Tri-City Herald. June 4. 2014. Tri-City Herald Editorial April 7, 2014. Charter Local Edition 2014: Vista Field Redevelopment.
Since closing the former Vista Field airport on December 31, 2013 a variety of activities have already taken place (see list below).
Port staff are working to implement the commissioners’ redevelopment directive as a catalyst for bringing positive economic development to our district.