A controversial plan to construct a Lowe’s at the corner of Country Club Drive and Kiowa Avenue in Mesa was tabled on Wednesday, only a few days before it was slated to go to the City Council for a final vote.
Ralph Pew, an attorney for Lowe’s, submitted a letter to the planning department asking that the application be withdrawn — at least for now.
“We are currently in the process of re-configuring the site plan and the Council use permit and anticipate filing a new application in the near future,” the letter says.
The plans have angered nearby residents of the Rancho del Mar and Hunter’s Ridge neighborhoods, who launched a grass-roots campaign a year ago to fight Lowe’s.
The proposal involves building a 138,000-square-foot store on about 14 acres of land. Late last year, Lowe’s tweaked its site plan, adding a 155-foot landscaped buffer zone between the homes and the store, hoping to reach a compromise with neighbors.
But that change failed to appease opponents who came to the Planning and Zoning Board meeting to express concerns about potential noise, traffic and crime. The board agreed and voted to deny Lowe’s application.
Most recently, the Board of Adjustment rejected Pew’s attempts to overturn a legal protest filed by a business owner who owns adjacent land. That protest would have made it more difficult for the Lowe’s plan to pass because it required a three-fourths City Council majority vote.
John Wesley, Mesa planning director, said if Lowe’s wants to come back with a revised application, it will have to start the process from scratch.