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Good Growth DeKalb Appeals Walmart Building Permit

The issue will go before the DeKalb County Board of Appeals on Feb. 13.

Good Growth DeKalb, the local organization fighting the construction of a Walmart Supercenter at Suburban Plaza in North Decatur, has filed an appeal against the redevelopment and will get a chance to argue its case next month.

Selig Enterprises, which was recently issued a building permit to move forward, will go before the DeKalb County Board of Appeals on Feb. 13 at 1 p.m., according to county signs posted at the site.

The group filed the appeal Jan. 9, which they said was a "necessary precursor to filing a lawsuiti," according to a note from the group sent out to residents who signed an online petition over the summer protesting the Walmart.

The Medlock Area Neighborhood Association offered more details last week on what basis Good Growth DeKalb filed the appeal.

From their post:

1) Medlock Road is not an authorized truck route, and therefore Walmart's use of this road violates DeKalb Code Section 17-94
2) various hydrology requirements were not met, and
3) there are various violations of the county Tree Protection Ordinance

DeKalb County thoroughly reviewed the redevelopment plan and determined that all criteria were met before granting the building permit. Selig is confident they've met the criteria and is prepared to address the appeal at the Feb. 13th hearing.

Good Growth DeKalb is encouraging supporters to donate to the forthcoming legal challenge and has organized a meeting the night before the appeal hearing, Feb. 12, at North Decatur Presbyterian Church.

The group also plans protest again in front of the shopping center on Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

What do you think of Good Growth DeKalb's appeals challenge? Tell us in the comments section below.

Steve January 28, 2013 at 02:32 PM
The idiocy continues......
Katie January 28, 2013 at 03:18 PM
I don't know about the other stuff, but that road certainly can't stand to be used as a truck route. It's two-way traffic and large SUVs have trouble passing each other! The traffic for that 6-way would be a nightmare if trucks are allowed there.
Michael de Give January 29, 2013 at 01:44 AM
Did you know that Walmart teaches it's employees how to apply for federal programs such as food stamps. "Walmart has become the number one driver behind the growing use of food stamps in the United States with as many as 80 percent of workers in Wal-Mart stores using food stamps." In other words, Walmart is benefiting from the taxes that we pay, which instead of going towards education or infrastructure maintenance, is instead going towards paying to keep Walmart employees from abject poverty. This allows Walmart to sell for lower prices and collect higher profits. In other words, our taxes are subsidizing Walmart's profits. Wow.

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