Developers want to turn 77 acres of farm land in SE Moscow
into 77 acres of big box stores and parking lots,
including a Walmart SuperCenter.
what 77 acres covers in Moscow.
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SUPERWALMART PUBLIC HEARING
MAY 1, 7:00 PM, CITY COUNCIL CHAMBER
On Monday May 1, the City Council will hear an appeal from CLC Developers of Spokane to rezone 77 acres across the Troy Highway from the Moscow Cemetery to Motor Business. If approved the rezone will allow big box stores such as SuperWalMart to locate in Moscow. On March 8, the Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denying the rezone saying:
“A 40% increase in MB based retail may overburden Moscow's retail
stock. One 77-acre development at one moment, all as MB uses, would be out-of-scale
and might unduly impact existing infrastructure unless mitigating development
aspects are incorporated. The approval of this rezone would permanently remove
a large amount of property from the potential for mixed use development and smart
up to 1.5 million square feet of big box retail space at the eastern entrance
to Moscow will permanently change the character of our community.
Family-owned local businesses, employing hundreds of local workers, will be in competition with low-wage corporate discount chains carrying low quality goods. When these stores are forced to close, we will lose the diversity of goods and services available to us now.
After payroll and property taxes are paid, the rest of the money spent at big box stores leaves the community forever.
Supplying the needs of big box stores with water, sewer, police protection, and other services will severely tax Moscow's already strained infrastructure. Costs to the city to provide those increased services will be far greater than the additional tax revenue.
The proposed development will increase water demand in Moscow by 8.3% above current levels violating Moscow’s agreement to limit pumping increases to 1% annually.
Traffic problems along the Troy highway, particularly at the intersection of Mountain View Road, will become even worse. Peak traffic rates are estimated to increase by 5300 vehicles per hour. Increased traffic will be dangerous to pedestrians, bicyclists and users of the Latah Trail.
Sprawling big box development is the exact opposite of Smart Growth principles as supported by the New Cities study of Moscow residents’ vision for our community.
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Moscow City Coucil Public Hearing
Monday June 4th, 7:00 pm, Council Chambers, City Hall.
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and Planning & Zoning meetings are held in the City Hall,
206 East Third Street.
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