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Posted: Monday, September 15, 2008 10:16 pm | Updated: 9:30 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

 The decision on whether to grant a zoning change and site plan for a developer to build a shopping center at Riggs Road and Arizona Avenue was postponed Monday.

According to Jane Poston, Chandler city spokeswoman, the developer of the 30-acre site wants to get feedback from residents who oppose the project.

Riggs Residents for Retail Diversity is suspicious that CTW Riggs Gateway LLC is going to sign Wal-Mart as the anchor tenant. The developer and Wal-Mart have both denied there are immediate plans to build one of the retail giant's stores there.

CTW representatives have said they do not have a tenant on board yet and cannot successfully market the project until it gets new zoning from industrial to commercial.

The project was scheduled to go before the Planning and Zoning Commission on Wednesday, where the residents group was expected to show up in large numbers to present its opposition.

The case has been rescheduled for Nov. 5. The City Council is scheduled to hear the case on Nov. 20, Poston said.

"We are hopeful that this move means the developer listened to our request to have smaller shopping anchors and is resubmitting a smaller plan, but as stated, that is only hopeful" said Kirk Sibley, the residents group's leader, in an e-mail to the residents.

CTW's project manager, Liz Gaston, was unavailable for comment Monday.

The residents group thwarted an effort to build a Wal-Mart at the site in 2004.

CTW has been working with the city for 18 months on a new plan and held two meetings with residents where few people showed up, Gaston said last week.

The Planning and Zoning Commission approved the project's design and request for a zoning change last month, but on Aug. 14 some City Council members said they did not like the quality of the design and sent it back to the commission.

According to city documents, CTW amended the plans according to the desires of the council and added shading, more sidewalks and landscaping and fewer parking spaces.

The city's planning department is recommending approval of the project, according to documents.

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