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May 10, 2013

Nursing home moves forward in Willow Park

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According to the council discussion, the action is intended to provide for development projects until the city updates the zoning plan.

The special use permit expires after two years and the city has not done a good job of bringing those back for renewal, City Administrator Matt Shaffstall said, adding that the time limit creates hinderance for those who may be looking to sign a five-year lease.

“They are caught in the churn of processes updating and the comprehensive plan being worked,” Parker said.

“I think we need to get this down the road as quickly as we can,” commission member David Fritz said.

Engineer Chuck Stark, representing the church and proposed skilled-nursing facility, asked if the commission could consider an SUP at their next meeting and Shaffstall said they should be able to do that.

Department restructured

Shaffstall also updated the commission on how the city has restructured the city’s development services department.

Because revenues were not matching expenses, particularly as development fee income has been lower than projected, the city decided to reduce their force by two in the department.

An employee in another department will be working part-time to receive plan review applications, according to Shaffstall.

The city’s inspection and plan review process has been moved to third-party company Bureau Veritas, which has far more certifications and qualifications than the city can provide, Shaffstall said, adding that he has worked with the company in the past and is comfortable with them.

A representative of the company told the commission the reviewer would be available if the commission has questions.

Shaffstall said he has been happy with the level of communication from the company in the past.

“Everything is more or less on triplicate carbon copy form,” Shaffstall said, adding that it is still a next-day inspection and the city will receive paperwork documenting the inspections. 

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