Input sought on Walmart, Annex

The public is invited to a discussion with Atascadero’s top leaders tonight on what should be studied in the Walmart and The Annex shopping center projects planned for the city’s north side.

Those with questions or comments on how the developments could impact the area have until June 11 to submit their concerns.

The City Council will adjourn for the discussion after the community forum portion of its regular meeting, which begins at 6 p.m.

The environmental study, expected to be completed near the end of the year, will provide an analysis of the buildout of the planning area on El Camino Real and Del Rio Road, according to city documents, as well as project alternatives.Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is paying for the about $427,000 study, officials said. The city chose and hired the consultant through its interview process. Officials gave notice May 13 that the study was about to begin.

Topics typically studied in such reports can include potential impacts on roads, water and public services.

Wal-Mart is going forward with its smaller-scale plan of 123,000 square feet of retail and grocery sales plus about 6,500 square feet of outdoor garden services.

There will also be two commercial lots on about 10,000 square feet and the possibility of one 44-unit multifamily residential parcel.

The Annex component adjacent to Walmart has more than 120,000 square feet of commercial space and its own possibility of single-family residential development.

Possible tenants have not yet been disclosed.

Meeting tonight

Today’s joint City Council and Planning Commission meeting on Walmart and The Annex is planned for 6 p.m. at Atascadero City Hall, 6707 El Camino Real.