Walmart took another step closer to finding a new home in Anna as the city council approved a proposed preliminary plat and development and landscape plans for the store at its Tuesday night meeting.

The Walmart Supercenter will be located on 20 acres of land at the northeast corner of U.S. 75 and FM 455, wrapping around the CVS pharmacy that is currently under construction. The 189,000-square foot Supercenter will include groceries, general merchandise, in-house pharmacy, garden center and tire and lube express services. There also will be a fuel station with a convenience store.

The preliminary plat provides for a north/south four-lane thoroughfare that will function as a backer road to U.S. 75 and along with an east/west thoroughfare will eventually connect to existing Hackberry Street.

A public hearing was held on a request by William Dahlstrom, representative for Chief Partners, L.P. and owners of 115 acres of land north and east of the CVS pharmacy tract under construction, for changes to the planned development zoning. The changes would call for replacing the existing planned development ordinance and establishing a new planned development with guidelines and uses. The property is located north of FM 455 (West White Street) and east of U.S. Highway 75. One of the requested changes is use for a 14.6-acre pod located on the eastern central tract for high-density residential.

Additionally, the rezoning application requested an 80-foot Walmart pole sign for the site. The city standard along U.S. 75 and FM 455 is 35 feet. The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended a 35-foot maximum sign height. Currently there are two legal non-conforming 80-foot signs (for Love’s and Flying J Truck Stops) at the intersection; however they were erected before the current ordinance went into effect.

Following a lengthy discussion on the sign height Council approved the requested planned development with the exception of the sign height which will go before the Board of Adjustments.

The second of two required public hearings was held for citizen comments on the annexation of 9.97 acres of land located east of CR 418, north of Collin County Outer Loop and adjacent to Anna city limits. Planning Director Maurice Schwanke had previously pointed out that the Collin County Outer Loop will be a major gateway through the city and land uses adjacent to the thoroughfare need to be monitored.

Council approved the voluntary annexation of 3.3 acres of land owned by Bloomfield Homes located east of Ferguson Parkway (CR 367) and west of Anna Lake and adjacent to Anna city limits. The land is part of a proposed development known as Lakeview. Residential subdivision plans for this area are being prepared by Bloomfield’s engineer; however, before final platting this area needs to be incorporated into the city limits.

The renovation of the Public Works and Municipal Annex Buildings was approved by Council. Public Works Director Robert Woods said that the city received four bids for the proposed work and that Schmoldt Construction submitted the lowest qualifying bid of $362,770. The expansion and renovation of the Public Works building will consist of renovating approximately 1,425-square feet of building space, increasing the total size of the building to 4,450-square feet. Once the construction is completed the Planning Department will move to the building.

The Municipal Annex Building renovation, which houses the Police and Utilities Departments, will consist of the remodeling of approximately 250-square feet of building space. Upon construction completion the Finance Department will move to the building.