Zone change denied for Hospice project

January 07, 2004|LIZ MAPLES

Heritage Hospice will continue its search for a place to build after Danville City Commissioners, in a split vote, denied a zone change for property on the south side of U.S. 150, near Little Oil Company, where the organization had planned to locate.

Mayor John W.D. Bowling and commissioners Ryan Owens and Chester Kavanaugh were against the rezoning, saying at a special meeting Tuesday that it wasn't appropriate to develop until city sewerage could be extended there. Commissioners Terry Crowley and Jamey Gay were in favor of it, saying that the hospice was a small, 3-acre development that could use alternative sewerage until city lines were extended to it.

David and Walter Gander own the property that the hospice wanted. The brothers had been denied a zone change from Danville-Boyle Planning and Zoning because their proposal was not in agreement with the comprehensive plan.

The city decided to have its own hearing.


About 85 acres were rezoned from AR-1, a mainly agriculture use, to R-1, a residential use, in Feb. 2001, but a condition of the zoning was that sewerage be extended to that property before houses could be built.

The Ganders have said they believe the hospice would buffer the homes from the bypass traffic.

Jim and Nancy Davis, who plan to build a development on the west end of the bypass, opposed the zone change. Their attorney, Dick Murphy, said that if the commissioners allowed the Ganders to develop that property without sewer service, it would set a precedent for others to develop without sewerage.

Bowling agreed and said that it wasn't fair for the city to turn down Mike Montgomery's proposal because of sewerage and not turn down the Ganders. Montgomery had proposed a development on the south side but was twice denied by P&Z and the City Commission.

Janelle Lane, executive director of Heritage Hospice, said the board of directors will begin looking for a new place to build.

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