Attorney Mack Paul, representing the developers of a hotly debated supermarket construction proposal, expects the matter to go before the Raleigh Planning Commission soon.
The commission’s recommendation could be influential in the city government’s consideration of the Publix.
Paul said the matter could appear at an upcoming meeting, but city staff said it will not be on the Nov. 12 agenda. The planning board doesn’t legally have to give its recommendation until Jan. 5.
Residents of nearby neighborhoods have organized in large numbers against the proposed 49,000-square-foot store, planned for the corner of Dunn and Falls of Neuse roads.
They worry that the project will bring its customers in through neighborhood entrance roads, worsening traffic delays.
“It’s irresponsible for them to want to build this thing … in the middle of a neighborhood,” said David Cox, who has helped organize local criticism of the project.
“It’s also irresponsible of them to want to build in the middle of a watershed.”
Paul said the project matches city plans, and the developer, Morgan Property Group, plans to see it through.
“They are fully intent to proceed to the end of the process, and feel like, based on the long-standing designation in the comprehensive plan, that this is fully within the scope of the city's vision for this property,” he said.
This blog post was updated on Nov. 4 to include confirmation that the planning commission will not consider the project on Nov. 12.