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Costco site plan expected for March 27 Perrysburg planning meeting

After a three month delay, Perrysburg officials are expecting Costco's final site plan to be on the Planning Commission agenda for its March 27 meeting.

Costco has not submitted a final site plan for the meeting, which usually requires plans be submitted two days ago.

Planning and Zoning Administrator Brody Walters, however, said his office will accept any application a few days late if it is expected, which the plan is.  Mr. Walters said the final site plan should address the concerns a natural-gas pipeline operator had with the preliminary plan.

The wholesale warehouse chain wants to put a 154,300-square foot store on 28 acres near the southeast corner of State Rt. 25 and Eckel Junction Road in Perrysburg. A 20-inch wide gas line runs about four feet under ground across the proposed site. Columbia Gas Transmissions owns the line and objected, city officials said, to the parking lot shown above the line on the initial plan. Costco has been in discussions about the pipeline for the past two months.

If the final plan is submitted, the City Council will consider in late March or early April a special use permit request for Costco. Such a permit is needed for a retail store with more than 60,000 square feet.

The preliminary site plan was approved by the Planning Commission in November and the final site plan was on the Dec. 19 agenda before Costco asked to delay the process. Similarly, a special use permit Costco needs from City Council was delayed from consideration on Dec. 17.

The commission's preliminary site plan approval remains in effect until May.

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