NE zoning overlay would prohibit medical offices

On Oct. 24, City Coun­cil­man Bri­an O’Neill in­tro­duced a bill that cre­ates a North­east Zon­ing Over­lay, which would pro­hib­it cer­tain med­ic­al uses in many zon­ing dis­tricts throughout the North­east, in areas where they are cur­rently al­lowed by right or by spe­cial ex­cep­tion. The over­lay would cov­er both O’Neill’s 10th Dis­trict and the 6th Dis­trict, rep­res­en­ted by Coun­cil­man Bobby Hen­on. 

The bill bans the Med­ic­al, Dent­al and Health Prac­ti­tion­er use cat­egory in all com­mer­cial mixed-use (CMX) dis­tricts, the CA-1 and CA-2 auto-ori­ented com­mer­cial dis­tricts, and the IRMX, ICMX, I-1 and I-2 in­dus­tri­al dis­tricts. If the over­lay were to pass, the uses could be es­tab­lished only by right in I-3 heavy in­dus­tri­al and RMX-3 res­id­en­tial mixed-use dis­tricts.

The cat­egory, which is split in­to sole and group prac­tice, is defined as: “Of­fice uses re­lated to dia­gnos­is and treat­ment of hu­man pa­tients’ ill­nesses, in­jur­ies, and phys­ic­al mal­func­tions that can be per­formed in an of­fice set­ting with no overnight care. Sur­gic­al, re­hab­il­it­a­tion, and oth­er med­ic­al cen­ters that do not in­volve overnight pa­tient stays are in­cluded in this sub­cat­egory, as are med­ic­al and dent­al labor­at­or­ies, un­less oth­er­wise in­dic­ated.”

O’Neill’s bill would force zon­ing hear­ings for all new meth­adone clin­ics, and oth­er med­ic­al uses like doc­tors’ of­fices, in the North­east. Meth­adone clin­ics, which are fa­cil­it­ies that provide treat­ment for heroin ad­dicts, fall un­der the med­ic­al use cat­egory, and are not defined sep­ar­ately in the zon­ing code. ••

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