Ellisville Planning and Zoning OKs Walmart Project

In a 5-2 vote, the planning and zoning commission approved Walmart’s petition for a conditional use permit for the project. Walmart’s developers now have to face the architectural review commission and the city council in order to move forward.

In a packed meeting that lasted close to three hours, the Ellisville’s planning and zoning commission approved Walmart and the Sansone Group’s petition for a conditional use permit to allow the store to be built.

Gregg Sanborn and Dan Duffy voted against the project, commission member Skip Adams was not present, and the rest of the commission voted in favor.

Walmart and the Sansone Group, the developer of the construction, needed the conditional use permit because of the characteristics of the store:

  • The store would exceed 50,000 square feet. (The store’s size would be approximately 155,000 square feet).  
  • The store would have multiple-tenant space, such as a possible Blimpie or eye care facility.
  • A portion of the storefront would raise above 30 feet.
  • And the store plans on selling liquor, including Sunday sales.

Ada Hood, city planner, presented the commission several recommendations she and other city staff made to the Walmart development, which is set to be built on a location denominated C-3 Commercial Zoning.

Hood said the developer was not seeking any variances to the zoning laws. Hood explained that the project complied with all of the city’s codes, MoDOT’s traffic recommendations and would also comply with environmental and Missouri Sewer District requirements.

Hood, however, did present more than 20 recommendations to the original plan, which ranged from the material of the fencing to the truck’s loading and unloading times. Walmart representatives agreed to the majority of the recommendations, with a couple left up for discussion.

The board approved the city’s recommendations and moved the project forward to its next step, which would be approval by the architectural review board and by the city council.

Because of planning and zoning’s favorable vote, Walmart only needs a simple majority vote from the city’s council in order to be approved.

A majority of the residents who attended the meeting were against the development. The planning and zoning commission conducted a show-of-hands vote of the audience to see who was in favor or against the project.

Of those present, six property owners were in favor of the Walmart project and 28 against it.

“We don’t need the traffic. We don’t need the crime. We don’t need this development,” said John Hoffman, who has lived in Ellisville for more than 30 years.

Stay tuned to Ballwin-Ellisville Patch for more updates on this meeting.


E. Schmidt July 12, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Those attending last night’s Planning and Zoning Commission on the Walmart Sansone TIF learned some very interesting things about how our city government works (including the sad recognition that only two of the commission members appear to be thoughtful individuals.) Be aware that if you own a home is Ellisville (or are planning to buy a home,) the zoning codes and comprehensive plan mean nothing. Any property owner at any time may find themselves threatened with a big box behemoth on the edge of their yard or neighborhood. Following “review” of the project by professional staff, the P & Z Commission and the City Council are more than willing to accommodate any building that far exceeds the stated height and square footage for C-3 (commercial) projects in the zoning code and twist, stretch or ignore the stated goals in the comprehensive plan to bring in development. They will cut off ready access to your neighborhood streets and small businesses under the guise of improving traffic flow (while bringing in 10,000 additional car trips per day???) ignore any increase in crime and vandalism that the project will bring (documented in studies from other locations) and disregard the decline in property values that surrounding neighbors will experience. They will change or bend the rules on parking spaces needed if you are a big money developer, but strictly enforce them if you are a small businessman looking to erect a building and bring in tenants.
E. Schmidt July 12, 2012 at 01:43 PM
cont'd-- If you live within a block or two of a major street, Tax Increment Financing and the Threat of Eminent Domain (legalized extortion to take your property) are ever present in your future. The 2005 Resolution to Limit the Use of Eminent Domain means nothing. Section 2 reads, “The City Council will consider amending the Ellisville City Charter to protect the private property of all Ellisville residents.” They revised the city charter the very next year and did no such thing. Your property is still at risk. Broken promises, selective application of zoning codes, big plans with no follow through is what you can expect. If you think it is time for a change contact ellisvilleA9A@yahoo.com
CSloan July 12, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Thank you to the two commission members who left their rubber stamps at home. "Of those present, six property owners were in favor of the Walmart project and 28 against it." Interesting.
mike k July 12, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Many thanks to the 5 members of the planning and zoning commision that had the common sense to approved the Walmart Plan. Not mentioned in the article or in the comment section is that the 135 apartment dwellers being displaced will now receive not one but two thousand dollars to facilitate their move. Also the TIF amount for this project has been reduced by some four million dollars. Anyone with an open mind that attended last nights meetings could tell that Walmart and their developer are bending over backworks to do the right things with this new store. As I have stated before in other posts, some people are just anti business even if it is the best thing to do for the overall community. I recommend the obstructionists either just let it go or move to another community. Stick a fork in it, Walmart in Ellisville is a done deal.
David July 13, 2012 at 02:15 AM
I'll bet you're a lonely person with no friends..... you're a sad individual.........you're only shooting your mouth, as you had not a say in this Walmart decision or any decision other than, do I want "Mc Donalds or BurgerKing' for dinner
mike k July 13, 2012 at 02:02 PM
My, what sour grapes from the anti-Walmart citizens. Must be tough always being picked last in the game of life.
Carlos Restrepo July 13, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Hello folks. Although I will not immediately delete any comments, I would appreciate if everyone tried to stop all the name-calling (on both sides). I think we are all mature enough to address this subject without personal attacks. Thank you!
K James July 13, 2012 at 09:00 PM
THANK YOU CARLOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Charles Pavlack July 14, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Technically speaking, the TIF amount remains the same (or slightly less). They announced that they would not be seeking either a TDD or CID designation, each of which were going to add 1% to Walmart's sales tax. So now the Walmart will have the same municipal sales tax rate as all other retailers in the city, other than any which might open at the Fountains (the Lifetime Fitness plaza), which is currently all service-related businesses, banks, and restaurants.


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