inside.jpgFrom the Aurora Beacon today:

Denying anti-abortion activists’ assertions, city officials on Wednesday said it doesn’t appear that Planned Parenthood officials needed a special-use permit before building a women’s health center on the city’s far East Side….

Attorney Vincent Tessitore, an Auroran, approached city staff Tuesday, saying that part of Aurora’s zoning code requires special-use permits for not-for-profit medical centers. To obtain one of those permits, a public hearing at the city Plan Commission level is required, and applicants must notify all property owners within 250 feet of the property.
However, city officials on Wednesday said that since the Planned Parenthood health center is in a planned development district, those codes don’t apply.
The center occupies land that was part of a 4,000-acre annexation in August 1973, the same one that brought the Westfield Fox Valley mall into Aurora. This area has its own zoning laws, through planned development district rules, and those laws don’t require a special-use permit for medical centers, said Carie Anne Ergo, the city’s public information officer.
Tessitore countered that the agreement doesn’t specifically exclude not-for-profit medical centers from obtaining this permit, and that he would continue researching the issue….
Sara Knaub, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood/Chicago Area, told The Beacon News Tuesday night that the property’s planned development district status is the ruling zoning code, and the special permit wasn’t required.
Last week, city officials asked Kane County State’s Attorney John Barsanti to review Planned Parenthood and Gemini Office Development for possible criminal action based on the companies’ handling of the application, approval and permitting process. Barsanti’s investigation may be completed Friday….

[HT: Jeff from ChicagoProLifeActivist; photo of inside the PP Aurora mill courtesy of the Aurora Beacon]

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