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Prop 480 Will Be On The Flagstaff Ballot After Northern Arizona Healthcare Loses Its Appeal

Proposition 480 will remain on the November ballot in Flagstaff after the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Flagstaff Community First Monday. Voters will decide the rezoning of the land near Interstate-17 and Interstate-40, north of Fort Tuthill, on which Northern Arizona Healthcare is planning on building a new hospital to replace the existing Flagstaff Medical Center. NAH had appealed an earlier court decision about the rezoning referendum because they said the language of the petition asked voters whether they want the land rezoned for retail and commercial development, and made no mention of a hospital, which is the primary permitted use of the site. In a statement, NAH says, “voters who signed the petition did so on the misrepresentation that NAH will be constructing retail and commercial buildings, rather than what it is actually permitted to build: a hospital and ambulatory care center.” They go on to say, “in fact, NAH is strictly prohibited from opening retail and commercial businesses on the land in question, and can only construct a hospital, ambulatory care center, open space and parking on the rezoned site.” NAH also says they know that members of the Flagstaff community want more information about the project, and they say they are committed to continuing to engage with residents, including about future plans for the reuse of the current hospital site.

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