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Monday, Dec 03 2012 10:49 AM

City prepares to resume work on Walmart Project

The City of Tehachapi is preparing to resume work on the proposed Walmart Super Center project.

In April, Kern County Superior Court Judge Kenneth Twisselman sided with the organization Tehachapi First, finding deficiencies in the Environmental Impact Report previously prepared for the project and approved by both the Tehachapi City Council and Tehachapi Planning Commission.

At its meeting on Monday, Dec. 3, the council is expected to approve the appointment of Curtis Zacuto of Ecotierra Consulting, as a consultant to complete sections of the EIR that Twisselman found out of compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act.

Zacuto handled finalization of the EIR previously approved.

"The situation is not as bad as it might sound," the city's Community Development Director David James said in April, noting that Judge Twisselman found the EIR deficient in only three out of the approximately 24 topics evaluated in the document -- water availability, noise and traffic.

Once this supplemental report is complete, it will be submitted to the court for re-consideration of the EIR and possible approval of the project. No time frame for completion this report is currently set.

Monday night's City Council meeting will begin at 6 p.m. It will be held at the Beekay Theatre, 110 S. Green St.

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