PUYALLUP, Wash. -- Land owned by Van Lierop Bulb Farm could be the future site of warehouses. The Puyallup City Council approved a controversial plan to rezone 13 acres of farmland Tuesday night, according to the city attorney.

Lore Van Lierop and her husband said they plan to sell the land to a developer. The family, known for their daffodils and tulips,has owned the land for decades and is now selling because they can no longer take care of it.

My husband is getting up there in age and he just can't do it anymore. He s done it all his life and he's too old now, said Van Lierop.

Dozens of people packed city hall to express concerns about future development on the land. Many of them wanted the council to vote against rezoning the farmland.

We want to preserve this area as a gateway to Puyallup, said resident Dixie Gatchel.

Some residents suggested the city should purchase the land and convert it into a park.

I believe the Van Lierop family should be made whole for their property, but I don't think putting warehouses in that space is the way to do it, said resident Joan Cronk.

The Van Lierop family said selling the land would help them financially.

The land is a farmer's retirement and that's all there is to it, said Van Lierop.
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