The Grandview Heights Planning Commission March 18 voted to recommend that city council approve an ordinance to amend the city's zoning code.

The Grandview Heights Planning Commission March 18 voted to recommend that city council approve an ordinance to amend the city's zoning code.

The proposed updates to the zoning code relate to the upcoming Grandview Yard mixed-use development.

The legislation would add fitness centers and hotels as conditional uses in the C-2 community commercial zoning district.

The Grandview yard area is zoned M-1.

C-2 uses are conditional uses within the M-1 light industrial zoning district, director of administration/economic development Patrik Bowman told the commission.

The revised zoning code would define a fitness center as "a facility designed for the major purpose of physical fitness or exercise, and which includes, but is not limited to such equipment as weight resistance machines, whirlpools, saunas, showers and lockers.

Hotels would be defined as "any structure consisting of one or more buildings with five or more guest rooms kept, used, maintained or held out to the public as sleeping accommodations offered for pay to transient guests for a period of 30 days or less and in which access to each guest room is provided by interior hallways."

"We were surprised to see hotels were not mentioned in the code at all," Bowman said.

He said he thinks that absence was due to an effort a decade or so ago "to zone the existing (Knights Inn) hotel to the stone age."

The hotel at Grandview Avenue and Dublin Road, the scene of a variety of unlawful activity, went out of business, much to city officials' relief, and was torn down.

Hotels and fitness centers will still require the review and approval of the planning commission in both the C-2 and M-1 districts, Bowman said.

Council has held first reading of the ordinance and will hold a public hearing on the measure at its April 6 meeting.

Bowman said he and zoning consultant Greg Dale continue to work with the developer to create a zoning document for the Grandview Yard district.

He asked the planning commission to tentatively schedule a workshop for April 1. The workshop will only be held if Nationwide has filed an application for the first phase of the Yard project by that time, Bowman said.

If Nationwide hasn't filed by then, the workshop discussion will be held at the commission's regular meeting on April 15, he said.

The April 1 workshop would be held at 5:30 p.m.

There are also plans to hold a joint meeting of the planning commission and board of zoning appeals to "discuss the zoning code from top to bottom" and any concerns about the code that commission or board members may have, Bowman said.