A unanimous Richland County Council denied a rezoning request Tuesday that would have allowed Lexington Medical Center to build a two-doctor clinic near Irmo.
The 3.5-acre site, on Old Tamah Road, is zoned rural. Resident Carol Sloop urged the council to abide by its land-use plan, keeping the area around Dutch Fork High School from urban development.
Two other speakers noted the clinic’s proximity to the Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge Hospital, slated to open next year, leading Lexington Medical’s Michael Biediger to say afterwards: “Zoning should not be anti-competitive.”
The hospital will continue looking for land in the area, he said.