Editor's note: this article was updated at 5:25 with clarification of a comment made by Charles Pavlack, Planning and Zoning Commission member. A previous version incorrectly stated Mr. Pavlack had expressed support for Walmart.
The Walmart issue in Ellisville seemed to have taken a summer hiatus since the city council approved the TIF tax incentives for the development during their meeting in May 2.
But Ellisville residents concerned with the expansion will have another opportunity to voice their opinions during a public hearing by the Planning & Zoning Commission set for 7 p.m., Wednesday, at Ellisville’s city hall.
Planning and zoning commission members will discuss Walmart’s application for a “conditional use permit to allow the operation of a retail facility over 50,000 square feet, a structure over 30 feet in height with a drive-through, and the sale of every class of liquors by the package and Sunday sales,” according to the city of Ellisville’s website,
A Planning and Zoning Commission member said in the past that he did not think council members needed to oppose the project only because a portion of the citizens opposed it.
“This is not a democracy. It’s a representative republic. We elect you to guide our city, not to do our bidding,” said Planning and Zoning Commission member Charles Pavlack during the May 2 council meeting where the TIFs were approved.
Tell us in our comments section: Will you be attending Wednesday night’s Planning and Zoning meeting? What do you wish to say to Planning and Zoning members about the Walmart development?