WALNUT CREEK -- A plan for an at-times-controversial Safeway-anchored shopping center will be in front of the Planning Commission Thursday.

The meeting, at 7 p.m. Thursday at City Hall, 1666 N. Main St., will focus on the Shadelands Gateway Specific Plan, which once adopted will detail what can be built on the 25-acre Safeway-owned site at the corner of Ygnacio Valley and Oak Grove roads.

The project, dubbed The Orchards at Walnut Creek, is the development slated to be built within specific-plan specifications.

Plans for the 219,000-square-foot development are still moving, forward even with the news Thursday that Safeway will be sold for $9 billion and merged with Albertsons.

Once built, The Orchards would have a 55,000-square-foot Safeway store, retail shops, restaurants, a health club and senior housing.

The plan will likely come before the City Council this summer.

Some vocal nearby neighbors have been against the project due to traffic concerns and the potential affects the development could have on other nearby shopping centers.

For more on the Planning Commission meeting go to www.walnut-creek.org, then click on "quick links" and then "public meetings" to find the March 13 agenda.

Contact Elisabeth Nardi at 925-952-2617. Follow her at Twitter.com/enardi10.