“That zoning took place in 1984. It's been zoned for commercial for a long time,” Fees said.
A special permit would allow Walmart to open the store despite the zoning restriction. Other types of businesses could be built on the property without the permit, even if residents were opposed.
Walmart will seek the approval of the Edmond Planning Commission at the commission's Nov. 20 meeting. The permit request will then be forwarded to the Edmond City Council for consideration at its Dec. 10 meeting.
The council will consider the permit along with whether the planning commission recommended approval or denial, along with information about why the commission made its decision. But council members are not bound in any way by the commission's recommendation.
Fees said people who are interested in the issue should plan to attend the commission and council meetings to provide input and receive more information.