Greenville planners work on hospital zoning

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 11:50 am on Friday, October 26, 2012

GREENVILLE — A new hospital zoning district is being worked on by the Greenville Planning Commission to help prepare for future plans.

During Thursday night’s meeting, the Planning Commission looked at Spectrum Health United Hospital and surrounding areas to set up a hospital district in case the hospital wanted to develop more in the future.

“We are just preparing for the future,” said Planning Commission Chairman David Ralph.

Assistant City Manager Cameron Van Wyngarden said hospital officials will still have to come back and ask for parcels to be added to the hospital district in the future. However, current discussions are to help get things ready to go for when that happens.

Hospital Chief Clinical Officer Percy Mahar attended the meeting to answer questions and ask questions if needed.

“This has been something we have been looking at for a (long) time,” Van Wyngarden said.

The Planning Commission agreed to add a portion of property the hospital already owns to the district in case it decided to develop the land in the future. The parcels are located northwest of the hospital between Oak and Benton streets.

However, another parcel located west of the hospital on David Street was not OK’d to be put of the district. The parcel, which the hospital already owns, sits between the hospital and David Drive along with other houses along David, Frank Drive and Nelson Street.

Van Wyngarden said city officials felt the parcel should not be included because they would like to keep that location as a neighborhood. The hospital can still use the land for office use or residential use for doctors and other employees who would like to live in the area.

“We don’t really have anything planned (for that parcel),” Mahar said. “Since we own it we wanted it in the district.”

Mahar said she was fine with not having the parcels in the district as long as they could still use the parcels for office use.

An official hospital district plan is set to be presented at the next Planning Commission meeting in November. If the Planning Commission is comfortable with the district plan, they will set a public hearing.

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