WAVERLY — The developer asking for a rezoning of residential land to commercial in order to build a new gas station and convenience store has withdrawn the application.
Casey’s Marketing Co., in conjunction with property owner Julia Engelbrecht, had asked for a 4.4-acre rezoning at 1032 Fourth St. S.W. in Waverly from single-family residential to commercial.
It passed an initial reading last week 4-2 in front of the Waverly City Council and was slated to have its second reading, as well as a public hearing, Monday.
The parties withdrew their rezoning request Friday, according to Valorie Northrup, Waverly deputy city clerk. She said in an email she was not aware of the reason for the withdrawal.
Locating a Casey’s General Store where a single-family home stands currently was contentious since the company first brought the issue to Waverly’s planning and zoning committee.
Nearby residents had spoken out against the potential noise and traffic at that location, according to planning and zoning minutes from that meeting.
Ward 1 council member Dan Lampe and Ward 3 council member Wes Gade were the recorded “no” votes, with Ward 4 council member Mike Sherer noting publicly he had “serious reservations” about the rezoning.
“I am happy to see that Casey’s (a great Iowa company) listened to the citizens of Waverly,” Gade wrote in an email Monday.
Ward 5 council member Tim Kangas wrote in an email Monday he shared Sherer’s reservations as well.
“I believe that this may not have passed a 2nd reading, but even if it had, there was a discussion about postponing the 3rd reading to January,” he wrote. “I think the company realized they were not likely to be successful.”
Kangas noted Casey’s might try to apply for the rezoning again next year, which Gade — who along with Lampe is retiring from the council — said he hoped was not a coercive effort.
“My real concern is that they have been told to wait until the new council is seated in January, bring this back, and it will then pass. I hope that is not true,” Gade wrote. “I sincerely hope this does not come back and pass with a new council a month from today. That would be embarrassing for the City of Waverly and a severe disservice to the citizens of Waverly.”
Gade added he instead wished Casey’s would build in a more suitable location in northwest Waverly.
Bryce Laurie, who owns and operates Waverly’s lone Casey’s on West Bremer Avenue, told the council last week the southwest location was “the most desired location that we’ve come across in Waverly.”