Fulshear wants Walmart to act responsibly
By Elsa Maxey
There’s a new Walmart under development facing some opposition. It’s in the west part of Fort Bend County and seemingly in Fulshear, but it’s not. It’s in Houston’s extra territorial jurisdiction (ETJ) at the northeast corner of FM 1093 and FM 1463 near Fulshear, where other commercial development is also underway.
“The City of Fulshear is committed to high quality responsible development within its jurisdiction and encourages those same standards to developments within our surrounding area,” Fulshear Mayor Thomas C. Kuykendall, Jr. told the Star.
“We expect and require that development within the city address several major areas of concern including: traffic, light pollution, security, appearance and environmental impact among others that affect quality of life,” he adds.
Local area residents attended a meeting in a Fulshear community center to express those concerns with many of the reservations coming from homeowners in the Cross Creek Ranch subdivision next to the proposed Walmart site. Kuykendall said the concerns of the “Fulshear’s citizens led the city to hold a Town Hall meeting on the issue last week where residents were able to question Lovett Development about their proposed project.”
Since the proposed Walmart is outside the city’s jurisdiction, “there is nothing the city can do other than encourage the developer to act responsibly,” said the mayor. City Administrator C.J. Snipes said that’s what “makes the situation frustrating for the city,” noting how Fulshear is one of the fastest growing communities in Fort Bend County with commercial development on its way.
Snipes further said that “in this particular instance we are at a complete disadvantage because we don’t even have the ability to guide the development; while at the same time we have an impassioned constituency concerned about the impact on our community.”
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