By Bob Burns | Fountain Hills Times
The Town Council had little problem approving an amendment to the zoning ordinance to clarify the zoning in which a hospital facility is permitted, as well as providing a clear definition of a “hospital.”
The vote at the Sept. 7 regular council session was unanimous and in agreement with about a dozen members of the public who offered their perspectives.
The amendment allows hospital facilities in all commercial zoning districts; C-2 and C-3 by right and in the C-1 and CC districts with a special use permit allowing for 24-hour operation.
Earlier this year when staff and Planning and Zoning Commission were considering the proposed amendment, there were rumors that some businesses were attempting to bring substance abuse detox and rehab facilities into Fountain Hills by describing them as hospital facilities.