Hotel for Great Falls Clinic to be considered during Dec. 5 commission meeting

The land use actions required for the proposed 12-room hotel at Great Falls Clinic will be considered during the Dec. 5 City Commission meeting.

The requested action during Tuesday’s meeting is to rezone property near the clinic from PLI Public Lands and Institutional to M-1 Mixed-Use District and a Conditional Use Permit to allow a health care facility in the M-1 zoning, which is needed since the existing clinic facilities wouldn’t be considered a permitted land use in the proposed zoning that would allow for the hotel.

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A minor subdivision request will also be considered to create the parcel for the proposed hotel.

The proposed project is a 12-unit hotel for patients and their families to use while visiting for medical treatment.

The Planning Advisory Board/Zoning Commission voted during an Oct. 17 meeting to recommend approval of the zoning, CUP and amended plat.

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Any significant change in the character or intensity of the land use would void the CUP and any proposed changes would be reviewed by the city planning director, who may require that the permit be amended using the same public process used for its adoption.

If the CUP ceases to operate for more than six months, it’s automatically voided.

So far, staff has received one inquiry about the project with general questions. Neighborhood Council 5 reviewed the project on Sept. 18 and voted unanimously to support the development.

The PLI zoning district is intended to include areas of significant public lands including public schools and significant public and quasi-public institutional uses or facilities.

The M-1 zoning district is intended to allow a balanced and harmonious mixture of commercial, residential, institutional uses and public spaces, according to city code. Employment opportunities are near a variety of living options. A mix of uses could occur within the same building or in separate buildings in close proximity to one another. The transportation system and buildings are designed with pedestrians in mind.