In a meeting that took place in less than half an hour Sept. 7, the Ellisville City Council approved two ordinances on a .
With little discussion involved, a temporary moratorium passed 5 to 1 (Councilmember Matt Pirrello was absent) for six months. Mayor Adam Paul was the only opposed.
The moratorium, the length of which can be changed at any time with council action, was originally suggested by City Attorney Paul Martin as a time allowance for a city-issued request for proposal (RFP).
City Planner Ada Hood said the RFP was in a draft stage at a , and that the issuance would be seeking a "high intensity, town center style" development in accordance with the city's comprehensive plan for the lot.
The final plat for a Walmart Sansone Group development, adjacent to the area zoned for the moratorium, was also approved 5 to 1, Paul again the opposed. The was approved Wednesday, the final plat being one of the remaining ordinances relative to the project needing a council O.K.
The architectural review board, consisting of city council members, met with Sansone developers and architect Ryan McKay to continue a discussion regarding the material make-up of the Walmart structure. The board also met Wednesday following the regular council meeting and met again Friday to review changes in draft plans.
Board members had expressed primarily aesthetic concerns, but agreed to an incorporation of limestone and brick materials in the exterior building design. While finalizations are still being made to the plan, the board concluded further changes would be made under the discretion of city staff in collaboration with the architect and Sansone.
McKay said that once construction began, the Walmart would take from nine months to one year to complete.