Civic Auditorium

The Hanford City Council meets inside the Hanford Civic Auditorium.

Sentinel file photo

HANFORD – The Hanford City Council is set to vote Tuesday on finalizing rules that would prevent medical, professional and commercial offices from locating in the Costco shopping center or on 12th Avenue.

The rules would also prevent an optometrist from operating inside Costco's prescription eyeglass booth.

Under the proposed rules, optometrists, doctors and other professionals would only be allowed to locate downtown and in some areas along 11th Avenue.

The council directed city staff to make the changes at a special meeting held Monday.

Monday's decision reversed an earlier council recommendation to open up the restrictive zoning and allow medical and other professional offices to locate either in the Costco shopping center or in the Wal-Mart/Target/Hanford Mall area.

The council changed its mind after downtown advocates said that eliminating zoning restrictions would hurt the downtown area.

The council will also vote Tuesday on whether to finalize a rule limiting furniture-item sales to no more than 20,000 square feet of floor space in stores located along 12th Avenue and in the Costco shopping center.

The rule would prohibit stores like Ashley Furniture HomeStore or Mor Furniture from filling the former Forever 21 space in the Hanford Mall, locating along 12th Avenue or coming to the Costco shopping center.

The council meets at 7 p.m. inside the Civic Auditorium.

The reporter can be reached at snidever@hanfordsentinel.com or 583-2432. 

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