Highland Hospital Invites Neighborhood Input for Developing Its New Zoning Plan

Highland Hospital has begun developing a new zoning plan, as required by the city, and neighbors have an opportunity to have input now, as the hospital begins the process. Neighbor representatives on the Highland Hospital Steering Committee have already presented input—you can find it here. If you want to build on this input, please send your comments to Kerry Regan (kerry.regan@earthlink.net), a member of the Steering Committee, and we will see that your views are shared with the hospital. Comments can also be made when the hospital presents its initial draft zoning plan at an NBN6 meeting, probably in July. The hospital hopes to present its plan to the City Planning Commission and City Council for approval by the end of the year.

The new zoning plan is intended to govern development of the hospital campus for the next 50 years, delineating many physical parameters that will affect the neighborhood. We are getting an opportunity to have input at a much earlier point than with past Highland Hospital construction-related projects. Please take advantage of it.

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Public Hearing for Highland Hospital Expansion

If you have been attending NBN6 meetings or following this website, then you know that Highland Hospital is planning an expansion on the south lot of their campus.  On Oct 20 they presented a Project Overview.  They returned to NBN6 on Nov 10 to provide some updates, which are available in the meeting minutes.

In order to proceed with the project the Hospital is required to receive a variance for their current zoning.  The City is required to schedule a public hearing for variance applications and has done so for the Highland project.  The meeting is open to the public.  If you have questions or concerns about the project that you would like to share with the Zoning Board of Appeals, then you should plan to attend.

Hearing Date:  Thursday, Dec 11, 2014
Time: Beginning at 9:30AM, Case #4
File #: V-053-14-15
Applicant: Michael Zanghi, Highland Hospital
For the Property At: 1000 South Ave.
Zoning District: Institutional Planned Development District #8
Application Type: Area Variance
Purpose: To construct a 2-story, 30,000 sq. ft. addition, including a 3rd story mechanical penthouse, to the southeast corner of Highland Hospital, thereby expanding a nonconforming use.

The file is available for public review in the division of zoning, room 125B, City Hall, 30 Church St. Phone: 585-428-7364. Written comments may be submitted by Dec 10, 2014 at 4:00PM to jill.symonds@cityofrochester.gov.

Here is a copy of the notice sent by the City.

Additional information about this project can be found here.