Friday, Mar. 08 2013 11:58AM
Wal-Mart zoning official
By Russ Pulley
Rezoning needed for a second Wal-Mart Supercenter in Lee’s Summit was approved, as expected, at the March 7 City Council meeting.
The vote was a repeat of the council’s preliminary vote of 6-2 with Brian Whitley and Kathy Hofmann voting against the zoning.
Councilmember Rob Binney stood his ground, voting yes to allow the Wal-Mart Supercenter at 3410 SW Market St., despite a recall effort that was launched against him earlier that day. The proposed Supercenter is in District 1, where he and Hofmann are council members.
Binney did not comment on the recall during the meeting.
The council and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. still have to reach a development agreement for the Supercenter to be built.
Several council members have sought a commitment from Wal-Mart to build an additional north-south access road to the store to relieve traffic on Market Street, but the retailer has to agree to the expense. The Wal-Mart proposal was nearly killed over traffic concerns, but several council members who initially voted no changed their minds with the prospect of the additional road.
The council has asked city staff also to find a way to charge part of the cost to other potential development which would benefit from road, so Wal-Mart doesn’t bear the entire $500,000 estimated cost.
That agreement is tentatively scheduled to be heard by the council April 4.
“We have a business deal to resolve beyond this ordinance (the rezoning),” said City Manager Steve Arbor. “If we can’t come to an agreement, the likelihood of this project diminishes greatly.”