Walmart hearing on lighting, seating Tuesday, July 2
MONROE - The city will take public testimony this week on a revised site plan for the Walmart supercenter planned for the North Kelsey development area.
The remand public hearing Tuesday, July 2 moves the deal forward that has been put on hold due to a legal challenge by Friends of North Kelsey, which criticized the plan for not adhering to design standards set forth in the North Kelsey subarea plan.
The most recent ruling in the Washington State Court of Appeals upheld the validity of the plan but asked that the city take another look at the design’s seating and lighting.
The new plan, which was submitted last week, now clearly depicts where there will be lighting fixtures and seating available for pedestrians. The hearing, which will take place during a regularly scheduled City Council meeting, will allow for members of the public to comment on the two revisions.
The main difference between the updated plan and the old one is the clear indication as to where these lighting fixtures and seating will be placed, public works director Brad Feilberg said.
Once public testimony is over, the City Council will vote on a resolution authorizing Mayor Robert Zimmerman to approve the development agreement.
After an agreement is signed, Walmart can start applying for building permits to begin construction, city administrator Gene Brazel said.
The lighting and seating in the revised plan are required to be in agreement with the North Kelsey development plan. According to that plan, lighting fixtures should be 10 to 15 feet above the ground, and lighting should be ample enough that there won’t be any “dark spots that could cause security problems.”
The pedestrian light fixtures in the plan will be 14 feet high. Examples of lighting fixtures that might be used are included in the revised plan.
The North Kelsey development plan dictates that “at least one linear foot of seating area (at least 16 inches deep) or one individual seat per 60 square feet of plaza or open space should be included.”
The revised plan clearly indicates where plazas with seating will be located. Examples of bench styles are also included in the revised plan.
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