Council approves O’Reilly site plan
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 9:20 AM
An O’Reilly Auto Parts store will be constructed near the Decorah Walmart on the east edge of Decorah.
The Decorah City Council approved a site plan for the business at its meeting Monday. Last July, the Decorah Planning and Zoning Commission tabled a decision on O’ Reilly’s site plan. Commission members sought storm water calculations and building elevations and City Engineer Lindsay Erdman requested changes to the driveway and parking lot arrangements.
The Commission reviewed the plan again at its meeting earlier this month and recommended it be approved. City Manager Chad Bird said the new plan meets the driveway access and traffic control recommendations of the city engineer.
Bird also said storm water run-off and detention will be handled by the storm water infrastructure built by Walmart so the site is adequately prepared to handle flows.
O' Reilly plans call for a 6,600-square-foot building on one of the two remaining undeveloped lots south of the Decorah Walmart, closest to Old Stage Road, with 30 parking spaces.
Bird said told the Council the Commission did discuss sidewalks but determined they aren’t appropriate at the site.
Council member Paul Wanless asked whether sidewalks could be incorporated, “sometime down the road” if it’s deemed they are necessary and Bird said the city’s sidewalk ordinance would allow that.
“You can build them where sidewalks make sense,” he said.
He noted the Trails from Freeport Trail would provide some pedestrian access to the area.
O'Reilly specializes in automotive parts, tools, supplies and equipment, serving both professional service providers and do-it-yourself customers, according to the company's website. O'Reilly is headquartered in Springfield, Mo.