Board delays decision on Walmart expansion

DALLAS -- The Dallas Planning Commission postponed its decision on expansion plans for the Dallas Walmart at its meeting Tuesday, Dec. 13.

DALLAS -- The Dallas Planning Commission postponed its decision on expansion plans for the Dallas Walmart at its meeting Tuesday, Dec. 13.

City Attorney Lane Shetterly said Walmart requested the commission keep the record open to give the business more time to prepare its response to submitted testimony.

The commission granted the extension -- allowing new testimony regarding the plans for expansion to be submitted until today (Wednesday, Dec. 21) at 5 p.m. Walmart has until Wednesday, Dec. 28, to respond to that testimony. The planning commission will address the issue again in January.

Walmart is proposing an 18,317-square-foot expansion of the current store, located at 321 N. Kings Valley Highway. If approved, the expansion would entail adding a full-service grocery section, a facade makeover, an interior remodel, a reconfiguration of the store's parking lot, and closing its oil change and tire service center.

Planning commission deliberation on Walmart's plans scheduled for Dec. 13 is now on the agenda for its Tuesday, Jan. 10 meeting.

For more information: Jason Locke, Dallas community development director, 503-831-3565.

In other related news:

* Dallas City Manager Jerry Wyatt said a bulk mailing sent out this month listing arguments against Walmart's expansion plans and requesting attendance at the Dec. 13 planning commission meeting has been causing some confusion. A group called "Neighbors for Dallas," which is opposed to the proposed plans, mailed the postcard flier. The flier lists concerns regarding increased traffic and crime, stormwater runoff, and harm to local businesses.

However, Wyatt said residents have been calling Dallas City Hall believing the city sent out the information.

Wyatt said the city's planning commission has not made a decision regarding expansion plans yet and the issues raised in the mailing have been entered into the record.

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