Aldi is coming to Waukee as the Waukee City Council approved an initial site plan during the March 18 meeting.
Brad Deets, Development Services Director, presented the site plan to the council at the end of the regular meeting.
Deets said the site will be located to the west of Alice’s Road within the Waukee Marketplace Development, at 1030 Hickman Road. The property, which Deets said is around two acres, would sit adjacent to the Starbucks site and the auto parts store two lots down.
To the south is the new IHOP restaurant, which opened on March 19. Plans have already been approved for a car wash located at the very southern end of the development, Deets said.
He added that the development has several points of access, including a right in, right out access adjacent to the store site, full access with a traffic signal at the far western end of the development and an additional right in, right out access along Alice’s Road.
“The intent behind this development is it does funnel back to this undeveloped property to the south and to the east with connections and connectivity back to additional access points and eventually full access points along Alice’s Road,” Deets said.
The request before the Waukee City Council was the approval of the initial site plan. The site is around 2.3 acres in size, with the store itself being around 19,000 square feet. A dock area will be located on the back side of the building.
Deets said the Planning and Zoning Commission reviewed the request at the March 12 meeting and recommended approval by the Waukee City Council.
Council Member Courtney Clarke wondered what the traffic flow will look like in the development.
“It’s going to get busier and busier on that road that comes in off of Hickman and fronts all of those buildings,” she said. “Traffic flow is already fairly narrow and it doesn’t seem great in terms of navigability already.”
Deets said a frontage road was designed through the site, partly to restrict the speed of drivers through the site.
While access points will initially be limited to off Hickman Road, Deets sees additional access points off of Alice’s Road in the future as the property is developed.
Clarke also wanted to know how the dock in the back of the building would impact traffic flow.
Deets said it shouldn’t impact traffic as the deliveries are mainly made during the store’s off times.
“I’m a little intrigued because looking at two of the other locations in the Metro, it doesn’t seem that full access or direct access is a priority to the company,” Council Member Shelly Hughes said.
“Because of the location of this area, we’re just restricted on access period,” Deets added.
Hickman Road currently carries around 30,000 vehicles per day. That number, he said, is projected to climb over the next several years. Alice’s Road is also projected to carry up to 40,000 to 50,000 vehicles per day in the future.
“We have to be really cautious in terms of our full access points and really utilize to the best of our abilities these right in and right outs,” Deets said.
The Waukee City Council unanimously approved Aldi’s site plan. Council Member Anna Bergman voted via conference call.
The next city council meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, April 1.