Protest period passes for Mission city council’s rejection of Gateway plan

Mission City Council members listened to Tom Valenti make his proposal for passage of the latest site plan.
Mission City Council members listened to Tom Valenti make his proposal for passage of the latest site plan in August.

The protest period for the Mission City Council vote that rejected the latest plan for the Gateway development has passed.

The city council, by a 6-2 vote on Aug. 17, rejected the recommendation of the city’s planning commission that it approve a preliminary site plan for the Gateway project. The latest plan included residential units on top of the Walmart that dominated the east end of the more than 16-acre site.

Adding the residential units was an attempt to address some of the concerns about the Walmart building not fitting into the mixed use designation for the property.

City officials said that when the city council rejects a planning commission recommendation, the developer has 30 days to challenge the decision in district court. That did not happen.

Ironically, the plan that the city council approved in January of this year when Mayor Steven Schowengerdt broke a 4-4 tie would still be valid. That plan does not have the residential on top of the Walmart.

The problem for the developer, though, is that the council is not likely to approve any public financing support for the plan. For the latest version, developer Tom Valenti said he would need $31 million in TIF and CID money combined. Those programs use new property and sales tax to pay part of the development cost.