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Judge allows Flagstaff Medical Center campus referendum to proceed

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A Coconino County Superior Court judge Friday allowed the referendum on zoning approval for the new campus of Flagstaff Medical Center (FMC) to proceed.

A community health agency known as Northern Arizona Health Care last week petitioned to have the referendum removed from the November ballot, accusing voters of being misinformed on a petition.

Flagstaff Community First (FCF) had been circulating the petition throughout June after the city council approved the zoning change at its June 6 meeting. The group needed at least 2,607 signatures to put the item on the November special election ballot, but in July a city review determined that the petition had 4,754 signatures. .

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In its response to Friday’s ruling by Justice Brent Harris, the NAH plans to appeal “because voters deserve to understand that the issue at hand is building a hospital, not building a retail or commercial business.” said it was.

“If NAH does not build a hospital and associated medical facilities on the site, nothing will be built on the site because NAH is strictly prohibited by the zoning ordinance from building a retail or commercial development on the site. Because there are,” he added.

In a statement on Friday, the FCF said it was “satisfied” with the decision, saying “the court has made clear that the referendum petition clearly and accurately describes the zoning ordinance.”

“This is a win for democracy and Flagstaff voters,” said FCF member Todd Matthews. “More than 5,000 Flagstaff voters have signed our petition to have the zoning decision put on the ballot. I think the NAH should respect the clarity of the court’s ruling.”

Aside from appeals, the referendum is all eligible to be on the November ballot.

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