P&Z Approves Conditional-Use Permit For Hotel, Convention Center

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The vision of a 150-room Hilton hotel with a two-story restaurant and a 6,000 square-foot convention center moved one step closer to reality on Monday.

The Planning and Zoning Commission voted 5-2 in favor of authorizing a conditional use permit for 10 acres of land adjacent to the event center for the development of the project.

Vice chairman Hal Baas and commissioner Gary Bedsworth voted against the permit.

The permit includes 13 conditions, which the developer will have to abide by for the project to meet all of the town's requirements.

Some of the requirements include that the development will be subjected to the Design Review Board, that the development comply with all town codes, that a water detention be provided for the property and that a portion of Green Valley Parkway leading into the hotel property be constructed by the developer.

Bruce Berres, of Hospitality Support Group, was on hand to present examples of similar projects and field questions from the commission.

Some members of the commission were concerned with adequate parking for the facility.

Jerry Owen, community development director, said that the parking issue had been anticipated and that at times if needed, the hotel and convention center would share parking with the event center.

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