Green Bay Plan Commission votes against latest Walmart proposal


Published 06/09 2014 11:19PM

Updated 06/10 2014 09:02AM

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) - Another public meeting, another packed house on hand, and another vote against Walmart's latest proposal.

Monday night, the Green Bay Plan Commission voted 3 to 2 against Walmart's revised plan for a store.

It's the second time the big box retailer has gone in front of the city with a proposal to build a store on the Larson Green Cannery property in Green Bay's Broadway district.

The first was turned down earlier back in March after the city council adopted a master plan for the downtown which prevented Walmart's 154,000 square ft. proposal.

Walmart asked for an exemption. Commission members said the retailers second plan had changed little except for architectural changes to better blend their one-story structure in with the neighborhood.

Before Monday's vote, Green Bay's planning staff had asked the council to deny Walmart's request because the footprint of its proposed store was too large.

"Think it's another step but it's been a long long haul," City Council member and Plan Commission member Jerry Wiezbiskie says, "and I feel really bad that we spend as much time as we have on it but we gotta listen to the people. 

Walmart is taking the vote in stride.

"We appreciate coming before the planning commission, and we certainly appreciate their input and their thoughts before we go before the full city council." Lisa Nelson, a Walmart spokeswoman said after the meeting.

The issue is expected to go in front of the entire Green Bay City Council next week. 

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