MARIETTA - The three Marietta Memorial Health System campuses that lie within the city of Marietta are expected to be approved for new "H/M," or hospital/medical, zoning by the end of this year, according to the chairman of city council's planning, zoning, annexation and housing committee Tuesday.
Councilman Roger Kalter, D-1st Ward, said MMH attorney Brad Payne, who helped the health system lobby council for creation of the new H/M zone last year, is now working to have the system's Memorial Hospital, Selby General Hospital and Wayne Street medical campuses approved for H/M zoning.
The Marietta Memorial and Selby General hospital campuses are in residential-zoned areas where city code requires property owners to seek a zoning variance from city council before they can obtain a building permit for construction projects. The H/M zoning eliminates that requirement.
The Wayne Street campus would be included in the new zoning, although it is now in a commercially zoned location.
"We set up the hospital zoning last year, now the hospital system wants to bring their campuses into that zone," Kalter said. "But the health system first needs to provide a proper outline of the main (Memorial) campus."
He said the Selby and Wayne campuses are newer and their property boundaries are delineated, but the Memorial campus is more spread out and an accurate map of that property's boundaries has to be determined before the application for H/M zoning can be granted by council.
"I think we can do that legislation by the end of this year," Kalter said.
The requested zoning measure would likely be ready for introduction to council in early September, and would go through three readings and a public hearing before formal adoption, Kalter said.