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Walmart Retail Project - Ball Road

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Updated February 4, 2014

What Has Happened (Key Actions)

  • February 21, 2013- The Blaine City Council agreed to initiate a discretionary EAW (Environmental Assessment Worksheet) for a proposed 182,000 square foot Wal-Mart (plus other small retail) at Ball Road and Lexington Avenue.
  • May 9, 2013 -   The "DRAFT" EAW along with the supporting studies and documents were presented to the City Council for their discussion at a work session.
  • June 6, 2013 - The City Council found the EAW to be substantially complete and authorized distribution and publication of the EAW.   The EAW was distributed to all of the review and commenting agencies, was published by the MPCA and made available for review at the City offices and on the City's website.
  • August 15, 2013 - The City Council adopted a Negative Declaration that indicated additional environmental studies are not necessary and that the EAW process has been completed.
  • November 8, 2013 - Wal-Mart submitted formal development applications that include a preliminary plat for subdividing the property and a Conditional Use Permit request for construction and operation of an 183,000 square foot Wal-Mart store. Wal-Mart has also prepared and submitted plans for reconstruction of Ball Road as directed by the City.
  • December 3, 2013 – Neighborhood Open House for residents was held to review and discuss project plans for both the Wal-Mart site as well as the plans for reconstruction of Ball Road and other roadway modifications at Lexington Avenue and 35W. A summary from that meeting has been prepared and has been attached to the documents going forward to Planning Commission and City Council
  • December 10, 2013 – Planning Commission held a Public Hearing on Wal-Mart's proposed subdivision and Conditional Use Permit (CUP) request. The Commission recommended approval of the subdivision request and forwarded the CUP to the City Council without a recommendation.
  • January 7, 2014- A neighborhood meeting was held for the homeowners lying south of Ball Road (Erskin, Frazier, Ghia and Hupp Streets). The purpose of the meeting was to present and discuss access options for those streets. The options presented have been attached to the City’s WEB site.
  • January 16, 2014 – The Wal-Mart applications for Preliminary Plat and Conditional Use Permit were presented to the City Council. After taking public testimony and significant council discussion the requests were tabled to the February 13th Special City Council meeting.

What Happens Next

  • February 13, 2014 – City Council will discuss and consider the Preliminary Plat and Conditional Use Permit requests carried over from the January 16th City Council meeting.
  • Date TBD – City Council will need to review and consider action on a Final Plat for subdivision as well as the final design elements for reconstruction of Ball Road
  • Date TBD - Project Site Plan Approval (Administrative) will be issued once all City of Blaine, Anoka County, Rice Creek Watershed, MnDOT and other agency approvals and permits have been obtained by the developer.

Please note that the schedule for the required actions is subject to change. This WEB page will be updated on a regular basis and with any changes to project status or schedule.

Any questions on this information or City process can be addressed to Lori Johnson (763-785-6198) ljohnson@ci.blaine.mn.us or Bryan Schafer (763-785-6144) bschafer@ci.blaine.mn.us.

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