Walmart could get the final OK it's been waiting for at tonight's Pleasanton City Council meeting when a vote will be taken on the retailer's bid to open one of its Neighborhood Markets at the site of the long-vacant Nob Hill supermarket on Santa Rita Road.
Mayor Jennifer Hosterman will re-open the council's discussion on an appeal by Councilman Matt Sullivan to reverse the council's earlier decision to approve a zoning administrator's recommendation to allow the Walmart store.
That discussion by the council, which followed a three-hour-long public meeting at the Firehouse Arts Center May 7, was stopped after Sullivan used a procedural rule that allows any member of the council to postpone a vote until the next regularly scheduled City Council meeting, Sullivan waited until the end of the public meeting to make his bid.
With Sullivan's procedural opportunities to delay a vote apparently used up, and the public hearing closed, Hosterman plans to call for a vote near the start of tonight's meeting. The mayor and the three others on the council have already indicated that they will support Walmart in its application to open the new market.
In reviewing Walmart's application, the city zoning administrator found that the proposed Neighborhood Market will have the same "footprint" of the Nob Hill store, which gained approval to operate a full service supermarket in 1982. Except for a name change and the addition of a pharmacy, the Walmart market will meet all of the requirements of the 1982 planned unit development approval, which goes with the property.
Tonight's council meeting, which will be broadcast live on Community Television station Channel 29, is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at 200 Old Bernal Ave.