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Ellisville Planning and Zoning Recommends Walmart Plats, Moratorium

City Attorney Paul Martin said the only way the plats could be denied is if the plans failed to comply with city ordinances.

A temporary moratorium halting redevelopment on the lot neighboring a potential Walmart development, as well as a preliminary plat and final plat for the Walmart, received unanimous positive recommendations from the Ellisville Planning and Zoning Commission.

The items were  Aug. 29, highlighting a public hearing on the moratorium.

The temporary, 180-day moratorium would mark RPA2 -- a lot of land at the southwestern corner of Manchester and Kiefer Creek Roads -- without the ability to redevelop without approval via a request for proposal (RFP) process during that time.

Ada Hood, Ellisville director of planning and community development, said an RFP for the area was in the draft process, adding that the action for a moratorium was to find a developer with intentions to comply with the city's comprehensive plan and Great Streets Initiative for the area. 

Hood said the development, in accordance with the comprehensive plan, would need to be "high intensity...mixed use and town center style."

Arguments from the public against the moratorium included the inability to develop the site over the six month RFP period. Resident Liz Schmidt said the moratorium would be "time wasted," theorizing a potential developer could create jobs and provide sales tax without a TIF during the moratorium period.

"The intention here is the city would prefer not to develop this piecemeal until there is a vision for the whole piece," said P & Z Commissioner Charles Pavlack, referring to the disputed RPA2. 

Hood said the moratorium timeline could be extended or shortened with city council approval.

The preliminary and final plats for a Walmart development plan -- slated as RPA1 -- were also granted positive recommendation.

City Attorney Paul Martin said, according to Missouri state law, "The only way the plats can be denied a positive recommendation is failure to comply with city codes."

Hood affirmed the plats met city code requirements.

"The way state law is written (for subdivision plats) there is no discretion unless it fails to comply," Hood said.

Martin also said, since the plats weren't included in the conditional use permit legislation, the final plat "only goes into effect in contingency with the conditional use permit."

The conditional use permit for the Sansone Group-proposed Walmart is at the Sept. 5 city council meeting. With the positive recommendation, the public hearing for the plats would be at the same meeting.

mike k August 30, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Yes, I was there last night and Ms. Hampton did a nice job of fairly capturing the essence of last nights meeting. I will be very interested in her summary of next weeks Wednesday meeting which will certainly be a "come to Jesus" moment on the Walmart issue.
Mike K August 31, 2012 at 05:39 AM
Walmart is a done deal. Perrillo & the council made sure of that before Mr Paul won the mayor's office running on an anti-walmart platform. The problem now is getting Walmart to move down the road to Wildwood and what to do with the empty hulk of a former walmart building, just like the others littered across the region. Des Peres on Manchester (moved to 141), old Fenton (moved to the Bluffs), and I'm certain there are others.
Mike K August 31, 2012 at 05:52 AM
Hmmm. Re-read the story on the prior reading. "Walmart representatives answered specific questions posed by council members, including [...] whether the business would be able to function without a full-use liquor license. Christine Bushyhead, an attorney representing Walmart, stated the liquor license would be necessary [...]." So it is not possible to run a walmart without being able to sell hard liquor. Wow. Either they're lying or don't know how to run a business that isn't dependent on selling alcohol at prices that can't be beat, like by the Lucas across the street. Any takers on how long before they and kmart pack it in and create more vacant job sucking non-tax revenue generating big box retail space in Ellisville?
Mike K August 31, 2012 at 06:21 AM
Some light reading until then: http://makingchangeatwalmart.org/ http://walmart1percent.org/missouri/ http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/walmart/view/
M. DesHotel September 04, 2012 at 01:16 AM
In addition to Mike K's recommended reading, I implore all concerned citizens to watch the documentary "Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Prices." Subscribers can stream it on Netflix or it can be viewed for free at this link: http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/wal-mart-the-high-cost-of-low-price/

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