Windsor's planning and economic development committee on Monday night briefly discussed a proposal for a big box retail development near Ojibway Park.
However, committee members decided they were in no position to deal with it at the moment.
There is opposition to Coco Paving's proposal to build stores near the former Windsor Raceway.
Environmentalists have filed an appeal with the Ontario Municipal Board.
"The potential for damage to species at risk is too great to allow this development," said Mark Bartlett, a CAW environmental rep.
He said despite proposed precautions, the flora and fauna in the area are already under a tremendous amount of pressure from adjacent development, particularly the new border crossing.
Mary Bull, the lawyer for the company, said they are doing all they can to protect the environment.
"The proponent has been updating its studies. It's been working with the MNR. The MNR has been on the site," she said. "The client's done additional studies, and what's resulted from that is an application for a benefit permit under the Endangered Species Act."
Six years ago, council approved the big box store project.
But the local environment committee is asking the planning and economic development committee to reconsider the decision.
Committee members say because the matter remains in front of the OMB, they can't deal with it.
Coun. Percy Hatfield suggests the owner consider selling the land.
"Please bring the answer on whether the community can acquire this property and at what price," he said. "Maybe we can talk to the nature conservancy, ERCA or the city."