Walmart: What Should the Village Do?
Discrepancies between the land-use and comprehensive plans have left Caledonia without clear direction for the site at North Green Bay and 4 Mile roads, where Walmart wants to build.
There's been controversy about Walmart coming to town, ever since the retail giant announced it was looking at Caledonia.
In the latest development, the plans which outline what future use is appropriate in different parts of the village don't outline the same uses for the proposed Walmart site at the intersection of North Green Bay and 4 Mile roads.
On Wednesday, the village's Planning Commission said they need to get things in line, a process that could require bringing in a planner and forming a committee to study the issue.
At issue are the 2006 land-use plan and 2035 comprehensive plan, which don't lay out the same vision for development in the city. Those inconsistencies have thrown a roadblock in front of Walmart's proposed store, and must be addressed before the store could be considered.
Walmart has submitted a rezoning application and requested a land use amendment for the land at the southeast corner of 4-Mile and North Green Bay roads. Walmart wants to build a 180,000-square-foot supercenter similar to the store on Durand Avenue in Mount Pleasant. The property would also include three commercial out-lots.
If you could choose, what would you have the village do?