"Our Parrish Lane Design guidelines require a higher quality development design than a typical Wal-Mart Supercenter," said City Planner Cory Snyder recently. "But their conceptual site plan and conditional use provisions shouldn't be anything that would hold them back from filing for their final approvals," he said.
Now that the board of adjustment has overturned the city's earlier denial and remanded Wal-Mart's plans back to the planning commission, it's Snyder's job to recommend changes.
"Most of the modifications will be landscape and architecturally oriented," said Snyder, "with some operational modifications," he said. These will include truck delivery and store operation requirements.
Snyder says Wal-Mart has never had a project like this before -- a planned center where they jointly take care of and manage the landscaping and improvements for the entire development. "It's got to have more landscaping," said Snyder, "because our Parrish Lane Design is not typical of what a Wal-Mart supercenter site would normally be."
When Centerville customers see the finished Wal-Mart, it won't be a stark white building. The plans show varying facades of brick and stone in four different colors of tans and red. Rocks line the base of the building.
Snyder says there could also be modifications to the amount of parking at the site. "We shouldn't over-park the development at the sacrifice of landscape and site amenities," he said. The public amenities the city might want Wal-Mart to provide could include outdoor benches, tables, drinking and water fountains.
While Wal-Mart spokesman Eric Berger didn't have information on the costs of such amenities, he said his company will continue to try to comply with required modifications.