The debate over the proposed Walmart Supercenter is continuing in the letters to the editor column and online as opponents wait for news of when their appeal of the Planning Commission’s approval of the project will be heard by the Tehachapi City Council.
Opponents of a Walmart Supercenter in Tehachapi have kept their mission alive with funds from local businessman Henry Schaeffer, who has appealed the Planning Commission's 4-1 approval of the project on Jan. 31.
Updated meeting report: The Tehachapi Planning Commission gave the green light to the construction of a 165,000-square-foot Walmart Supercenter Monday night, Jan. 31, in what long-time staffers said may have been the largest turnout for a city hearing in history.
The Tehachapi Planning Commission, at its Jan. 10 meeting, delayed taking final action on Walmart's application to build a Supercenter on Tucker Road until Jan. 31 to enable all who wish to speak to have their say.
Throughout the long Walmart planning process, the city of Tehachapi has focused on the future, building in safeguards in its negotiations with — and in anticipation of — Walmart.
Thirty people attended a free showing of the anti-Walmart film, “The High Cost of Low Price,” at 10:30 a.m. Sat., Jan. 29 at the Hitching Post Theater.
Tehachapi City Council held its regular meeting on Jan. 18 at the BeeKay Theater. The meeting was delayed from Monday until Tuesday due to Martin Luther King holiday. Council members Susan Wiggins, Linda Vernon, Shane Reed and Mayor Pro-Tem Phil Smith were present at the meeting. Mayor Ed Grimes was absent.
The City of Tehachapi has posted PDF versions of the Final and Draft Environmental Impact Statements for the proposed Walmart project on its website.
Local resident William Nelson filed a memorandum with the city of Tehachapi Jan. 10 requesting that the Planning Commission “take no action to adopt or approve any document for the referenced Walmart project at its January 10, 2011 meeting.”
The Draft Environmental Impact Report on the planned 165,000-square-foot Tehachapi Walmart Supercenter acknowledges that the retail establishment will bring economic hardship upon some existing stores.
The proposed Walmart super center, which would be built on the corner of Tehachapi Blvd. and Tucker Rd., will come before the Tehachapi Planning Commission on Monday, Jan. 10. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. and will be held at the Bee-Kay Theatre, 110 S. Green St., Tehachapi.
Consideration of the proposed Walmart super center in Tehachapi will likely come in January according to information presented to the Tehachapi Planning Commission at its meeting Nov. 9.