Miami city commissioners on Thursday will not discuss a controversial zoning amendment to allow for an alternate cargo bay entrance for a planned Walmart in the trendy Midtown area.
City manager Johnny Martinez said on Tuesday he pulled the item from the agenda because the developer doesnt need the zoning modification to submit overall plans for the superstore.
They already have an access point and can propose without needing an ordinance change, he said. If the proposal isnt acceptable, then well explore our options at a later date.
Last week the citys Planning & Zoning Appeals Board unanimously voted against the proposal from city planners to allow Walmart to build the cargo bay on Miami Avenue instead of a side street, as is currently allowed under city code. Board members wanted developers to submit their overall plans to the city so the project can be debated more openly.
Activists, including many from a burgeoning arts district nearby, packed city hall last week to protest the proposed big-box store.
Walmart officials recently said they expect to submit plans later this year for a 24-hour store on the south side of the Midtown neighborhood.