FOLEY – A medical overlay district could encourage the growth of healthcare services in Foley by allowing the future expansion of hospitals, medical clinics and similar services in a central area.
The Foley City Council is scheduled to consider the proposal to create the district at its next meeting Wednesday, July 5. The meeting was rescheduled from Monday due to the Independence Day holiday.
The district would be located in the area around South Baldwin Regional Medical Center. Wayne Dyess, executive director of infrastructure and development, said that if the new district is approved, the move would not affect current zoning in the area.
“It’s really a statement of medical and related land use intent for the properties within the overlay,” Dyess said in a statement to city officials. “All existing base uses and zoning remain as is.”
Some uses proposed within the district would include hospitals, outpatient clinics, long-term care services, hospices, laboratories, research and education facilities as well as doctors’ offices and other services.
Other items on the agenda for Wednesday meeting include:
- A proposal to extend sidewalks on Pride Drive. Two options are included in the resolution. One option would cost $147,200 to add 12,800 square feet of sidewalk and 3,200 square feet of sod. The second option would cost $59,956 to add 3,200 square feet of sidewalk and 3,200 square feet of sod and other services. The project would improve connectivity in the area, according to city reports.
- Discussion of a proposal to clean out areas of the Bon Secour River west of River Trace. The waterway has debris and sediment blocking the flow of water and causing drainage issues.
- Amending the zoning of property from local business district, B3, to restricted single family, R1R. The council is also scheduled to set a public hearing on the proposal for an upcoming meeting before a final vote.
- Amending the zoning of property from local business district, B3, to recreational vehicle park, RV Park. The council is also scheduled to set a public hearing on the proposal for an upcoming meeting before a final vote.
- Approving an agreement between the Baldwin County Commission and the city concerning the exercise of subdivision regulations in the Foley Planning Jurisdiction. The agreement would extend the planning jurisdiction by six months.
- Rezoning property from neighborhood business district, B2, to residential single family, R1C.
- Rezoning property from residential single family, R1A; extended business district, B1A; and light industrial district, M1, to preferred office district, PO. The council is also scheduled to set a public hearing on the proposal for an upcoming meeting before a final vote.
- Approving an unplanned capital purchase for the Corrections Division to buy a new range oven.
- Approving the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce’s Chicago Street Supper Club event. The event is planned for Oct. 20.
- Waiving the fees for the use of the Foley Civic Center for the Baldwin County Youth Orchestra performance on May 7, 2024.
- Approving an unplanned capital purchase for the Sanitation Department to buy a trash cart cleaning system.
- Accepting a donation of radio communication equipment.
- Approving a survey proposal for a future public park in the Mills Community.