Cedar Park City Council to review zoning change for future Walmart

The Cedar Park City Council is scheduled to review plans for the city's second Walmart at its July 12 meeting.

The proposed 150,000-square-foot retail store will be located at the northwest corner of FM 1431 and Ronald Reagan Boulevard. The new Walmart will employ approximately 300 employees, a company spokesperson said in December when the new store was announced.

The City Council will hold a first reading and public hearing to rezone 29.68 acres from development reserve to general retail conditional overlay. The zoning request received support from city staff, which has worked with Walmart officials since the December announcement. The Planning and Zoning Commission also approved the zoning change by a 4-2 vote at its December meeting.

The store will feature all of the amenities currently offered in other Wal-Mart locations, including groceries, a bakery, deli, clothes, sporting goods and more. Different from older stores, the company spokesperson said the new Wal-Mart in Cedar Park is to include environmentally friendly technology as well as features to reduce energy and water consumption and minimize waste.

No action will be taken on the zoning change until at least the council's July 26 meeting.

By Joe Lanane
Joe Lanane’s career is rooted in community journalism, having worked for a variety of Midwest-area publications before landing south of the Mason-Dixon line in 2011 as the Stillwater News-Press news editor. He arrived at Community Impact Newspaper in 2012, gaining experience as editor of the company’s second-oldest publication in Leander/Cedar Park. He eventually became Central Austin editor, covering City Hall and the urban core of the city. Lanane leveraged that experience to become Austin managing editor in 2016. He managed eight Central Texas editions from Georgetown to San Marcos. Working from company headquarters, Lanane also became heavily involved in enacting corporate-wide editorial improvements. In 2017, Lanane was promoted to executive editor, overseeing editorial operations throughout the company. The Illinois native received his bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University and his journalism master’s degree from Ball State University.


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