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Thursday, May 12 2011 08:32 AM

City sets Walmart hearing date

On May 19, the Tehachapi City Council will continue the public hearing it started on March 28 to address an appeal of the Planning Commission’s approval of a Walmart Supercenter in Tehachapi.

The hearing is set to begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, in the Tehachapi High School Gymnasium, 801 S. Dennison Road.

The city has published a Notice of Continuance of the March 28 public hearing, which stopped short of a vote after four hours of consultant presentations and public speakers when city attorney Tom Schroeter said documents challenging the construction had been delivered to City Hall that day.

The public comment portion of the hearing is closed and no public speakers will be heard May 19. “It is a deliberating hearing,” Schroeter said.

The City Council members will discuss the matter and ask questions of staff and consultants, Schroeter said. The council will hear a staff report on the challenge to the project that arose at the March 28 portion of the hearing.

The city and its environmental consultants were obliged to answer the questions raised by the last-minute documents, submitted by Upland attorney Corey Briggs on behalf of CREED-21.

Community Development Director David James, his staff and environmental consultants have been working on responses to the issues raised by the documents.

Local businessman Henry Schaeffer filed the appeal of the Planning Commission’s 4-1 vote Jan. 31 to approve the application by Walmart and to certify the project’s Environmental Impact Report.

Schaeffer was ejected from the March 28 meeting after he refused to yield the microphone when the two minutes of time to speak allotted him by Mayor Ed Grimes had passed.

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