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Medical center seeks rezoning

Officials looking at potential future expansion

— Yampa Valley Medical Center has approached the city about a zone change that could someday enable expansion of hospital facilities.

Hospital officials say they are not in the midst of planning new buildings. But a memo to the city indicates they are looking to the future.

“We have no immediate plans to grow,” hospital CEO Karl Gills said this week.



A recent memo to the City Planning Department makes it clear the hospital campus could someday grow.

“The purpose for this request is to enable a land use similar to that of the remainder of the medical center,” the memo reads. “The intent for future development is to place a building or buildings offering healthcare related services. Potential services include a medical office building or outpatient healthcare services such as diagnostic services, cancer services or rehabilitation.”



The hospital has applied to change the status of a piece of land it owns near the current campus. The land, on the south side of Central Park Drive near the intersection with Pine Grove Road, is currently zoned to permit residential neighborhoods.

The hospital administration is seeking to have it changed to a zone district meant for community institutions. At the same time, it is seeking a corresponding change in how the land is inventoried in the Yampa Valley Community Plan.

Gills said the medical office building developed by YVMC is currently full, and the hospital’s administrative and clinical areas are tight for space. At the same time, the growth in the community has exceeded expectations, he said.

“The likelihood of the medical center developing mixed-use or multi-family uses on (the undeveloped land) are remote at best when the demand for outpatient healthcare services is growing so rapidly while available land on the remainder of the medical center campus is nonexistent for an appropriately sized facility,” the memo to the planning department reads.

YVMC’s application is expected to go before Planning Commission on Sept. 28 and to City Council on Oct. 10.

To reach Tom Ross, call 871-4205 or e-mail tross@steamboatpilot.com.


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