The City of Storm Lake approved a zoning change at the Old Sale Barn site from agricultural to commercial during its meeting this week.
Last month the city council annexed that site into the city. Wal-Mart, Inc. is interested in developing a Wal-Mart Super Center there.
No one was present to oppose the zoning change. The ordinance will have to be approved two more times before taking effect.
The request was brought to the city by the owners of the land, Geisinger Family Farms, Tom and Sue Cavanaugh, Dale and Roberta Boettcher and the City of Storm Lake. The city is involved to prevent the creation of city-owned land becoming an island in the proposed area.
The council also approved a subdivision for that site, making it into two lots.
The purpose of both actions is to spur future commercial development, said Scott Olesen, the city's building official.
The Planning and Zoning Commission was unanimously in favor of rezoning the land, and voted 6-1 for creating a subdivision at the site.