Greenville Planning Commission looks at developing hospital district

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 9:58 am on Friday, August 24, 2012

GREENVILLE — The Greenville Planning Commission is taking steps to check off items on the master plan.

During Thursday night’s meeting, members discussed ways to develop the hospital district in Greenville.

“This will more neatly package the surrounds of the hospital into its own district so future expanding will be more simple and more predictable,” said Chairman David Ralph.

Tim Johnson of MainStreet Planning Co. said by thinking about this now, the planning commission will be more prepared in the future if the hospital decides to expand.

“It makes the process easier,” Johnson said.

Items discussed included what the district’s purpose would be, what should be allowed, how high buildings should be allowed to be and more.

Some items discussed that would be allowed included pharmacies, kitchens, laundry, chapel and more.

Commissioner Greg VanderMark asked about housing facilities for families of patients.

Johnson liked the idea and added it to the list.

Assistant City Manager Cameron Van Wyngarden said he spoke with Greenville Department of Public Safety Director Mike Pousak about what he felt a comfortable number was for building heights in the district.

Because of the height of the fire truck ladder, Pousak suggested the height of the building to be capped at 40 feet, which is the same height of the building limits downtown.

Van Wyngarden and Johnson said the commission will discuss this information a few more times before holding a public hearing.

“If the hospital comes in wanting to expand, we will have already thought about it,” Johnson said.

In other business, the commission approved a public hearing for Sept. 20 to review the amendment to C-3 zoning to add Automotive Detailing as a special land use.

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