Chanhassen council rejects Walmart proposal 30 Nov 11

A Walmart proposal in Chanhassen has officially come to a halt after the City Council unanimously turned down the plan Monday night.

The proposal included a rezoning request for a 120,000-square-foot store at the intersection of Highway 5 and Powers Boulevard. Earlier this month, hundreds of citizens crowded into city council chambers to protest the plan, the city’s Planning Commission unanimously recommended against it, and city staff expressed concerns about proposed traffic, landscaping and architecture plans.

Walmart representatives had suggested to the council they were prepared to pay $1.5 million to address traffic upgrades, and would add between 250 and 300 jobs to the community. But city officials said the proposal fell short of several city ordinances. Councilors considered a motion to table the proposal to examine whether zoning requirements should be altered at the site, but that vote failed 2-2.

The city will now prepare findings of fact to explain its denial of the project, and Walmart representatives can determine whether they will adjust and resubmit the proposal.