There were no surprises Tuesday as the New Berlin Common Council confirmed its two earlier votes that cleared the way for a controversial Walmart Super Center on Greenfield Avenue.
Aldermen again voted 4-2 to rezone the land and change the city's guideline planning document to allow commercial construction on the land Walmart wants to develop with a 200,000-square-foot store.
Over the months of debate, the majority of aldermen has expressed the view that a commercial use for the land, which lies about a block east of Moorland Road, is proper. That is in contrast to the zoning that called for single-family homes and the city's 2020 Comprehensive Plan that called for residential development.
In supporting the proposal, some aldermen have pointed out that commercial developments across Greenfield Avenue in Brookfield and the vacant land next door that will be developed as commercial property in New Berlin make chances for residential development remote.
But voting against changing the zoning and 2020 Comprehensive Plan were aldermen John Hopkins and Ron Seidl.
The proposed Walmart will be in Hopkins' 1st District and he said his constitutents overwhelmingly oppose it. Seidl has expressed the view that he doesn't see enough reason to change the comprehensive plan, which he previously noted was compiled with a lot of effort and input from residents and businesses.
Alderman John Fillar abstained and Mayor David Ament recused himself because his wife works for Walmart.
A confirmation of the original Common Council vote in May came about because Walmart opponents filed a lawsuit alleging that the January 2013 public hearing on the proposed changes didn't have proper public notice.
Before the court could deal with that claim, the city held a second public hearing, properly noticed, before the Plan Commission on Aug. 12. That body again recommended the changes to the council.
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