Wal-Mart applies for conditional use permits
Towards the end of the City Plan Commission meeting on Thursday, Jeff LaBahn, city development director, gave an update on Wal-Mart. LaBahn reported that Wal-Mart has applied for conditional use permits for both sites. A preliminary staff review finds that required supplemental information hasn’t yet been submitted. Therefore, neither of the applications will advance through the public hearing process until the additional information is submitted. LaBahn said that he can’t project when the process would start. The pieces that are missing are traffic impact studies and economic impact analyses.
LaBahn further stated that, as is provided for in the city ordinance, the city will hire consultants to perform the required traffic impact studies and economic impact analyses, at the expense of Wal-Mart.
Contrary to what was relayed at a neighborhood meeting held earlier this week, Wal-Mart has stated that they haven’t made a specific decision on whether either site will be a 24-hour operation, but they are asking that the 24-hour option remain available. (Read the related article: Alderperson Ray Misner Hosts Wal-Mart Meeting.)
The mayor then stated that the studies will not begin until at least 45 days from the time the city receives the check from Wal-Mart to pay for the studies.