CALEDONIA — Residents will have an opportunity Sept. 23 to voice their opinions in front of the Village Board regarding the contentious topic of land use, sparked by a proposed Walmart in Caledonia.
The board voted unanimously Monday to set a public hearing date on their initial decision to change the area encompassing the proposed Walmart site at the southeast corner of 4 Mile and North Green Bay roads from high-density residential to office park.
Designating the location as office park would exclude commercial retail development, Racine County Public Works & Development Services Director Julie Anderson has said, meaning no Walmart or any similar store at that location, regardless of the size.
Wal-Mart announced plans for a new 180,000-square-foot store last September and requested the necessary land use change months later.
Since then, the village has been considering a change at the committee, workgroup and board level. And on July 8, the board voted to set aside a Plan Commission recommendation to designate the area as mixed-use in favor of the office park option brought forward by residents. That decision also included a number of other land use changes to the area referred to as the Village Center-Metra.
The office park designation allows for various types of office space as well as conditional uses for governmental and cultural structures.
In addition to voting to set a date for a public hearing on the proposed resolution, board members also unanimously decided to indefinitely table the mixed-use recommendation, according to Village Administrator Mark Janiuk. Board members Tom Weatherston and Lee Wishau were not at Monday night’s meeting.
The public hearing will be at 6 p.m. Sept. 23 at the East Side Community Center, 6156 Douglas Ave.
The state requires at least 30 days time between the announcement of a public hearing on proposed changes to the comprehensive land use plan and the hearing itself, Janiuk said.
It is not certain when the resolution will return to the board for final approval, according to Janiuk, but it could be considered on Oct. 7, the first village board meeting after the public hearing.