City to discuss Wal-Mart plans

The city of Craig's Planning and Zoning Commission will discuss Wal-Mart's plans for a 100,000-square foot Supercenter at its meeting Monday.

The commission is expected to make a decision about Wal-Mart's subdivision and make a recommendation to the City Council, city Community Development Director Dave Costa said.

The planning and zoning meeting is at 6 p.m. Monday at Craig City Hall, 300 W. Fourth St.

City Council will discuss the Wal-Mart subdivision at their meeting April 25, Costa said.

Wal-Mart plans to build a discount store on West Victory Way near Riverview Avenue.

If the city signs off on Wal-Mart's subdivision plan, the next step will be a review of the company's plans for curbs, gutters and sidewalks, Costa said.

Costa declined to give a timeline for when the city might approve those plans because approval depends on a variety of factors.

"It's difficult to project," he said.

A Wal-Mart spokesman declined to comment Thursday.

When Wal-Mart officials visited Craig in the fall, they said construction could begin in the spring and take about eight months to complete.

But the permitting process stalled a few months ago because of concerns about the store's access roads.

Skip Hudson, planning and permits engineer for the Colo-rado Department of Trans-portation, said the state will offer Wal-Mart a permit for access roads within the next week.

The state's permit will stipulate that Wal-Mart have two access roads, with the primary entrance at a stoplight on Victory Way.

Another access road will be along Riverview Avenue, Hudson said.

Based on CDOT traffic studies, about 95 percent of the traffic in and out of the store will be through the Victory Way entrance, Hudson said.

The Riverview entrance will primarily serve customers who live in the subdivision west of Wal-Mart.

Brandon Johansson can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or bjohansson@craigdailypress.com.

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