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Thursday, May 12 2011 07:49 AM

Walmart appeal hearing set

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The city of Tehachapi has booked the Tehachapi High School gymnasium for public hearing to be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 28,  concerning an appeal challenging the city Planning Commission’s 4-1 approval of a new Walmart.

All interested persons will be able to speak at the hearing, which was triggered by an appeal to the commission’s decision made by Tehachapi businessman Henry Schaeffer on behalf of anti-Walmart organization Tehachapi First.

In his appeal application, which cost him $1,561 to file, Schaeffer cited what he sees as deficiencies in Walmart’s Environmental Impact Report as the basis for appeal.

The EIR, he wrote, “is inadequate and deficient and will result in significant unmitigated impacts.”

City Manager Greg Garrett said the Walmart consultants who researched and wrote the EIR will be present at the hearing to answer questions.

The hearing is a special meeting of the City Council.  Those five elected officials will have the final say on the Walmart project. 

The Tehachapi Planning Commission voted 4-1 (Commissioner Marisa Folse dissenting) Jan. 31 on two items that cleared the way for construction of the Walmart on the east side of Tucker Road and south of Tehachapi Blvd. — first, that the project met the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act, and second, that the architectural design and site plan meet the city’s requirements.

Schaeffer filed his appeal on Feb. 10.

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