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Walmart in Galt could be delayed

Residents file lawsuit challenging environmental impact report

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Posted: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 12:00 am

A group of residents who live near the proposed Walmart in Galt near Twin Cities Road and Fermoy Way have filed a lawsuit against the project.

The Galt Citizens for Sensible Planning filed the suit on May 17 in Sacramento Superior Court.

City Manager Jason Behrmann said the court process will delay the Walmart for at least 9 months. The store could be delayed further if the court rules that the city has to redo any part of the environmental analysis.

And even if the judge throws out the challenges, there could be a delay if the group appeals the decision, Behrmann said.

The lawsuit lists 108 reasons they believe the environmental impact report the city prepared does not meet the California Environmental Quality Act. The state law mandates that cities and counties study the effect any new development will have on the surrounding environment.

The residents argue the report did not meet state standards because the analysis of traffic included flawed data, it did not consider the aesthetic of constructing 12 foot walls around the project, and there was not a detailed enough study on storm water.

The lawsuit also states that the report includes flawed data on how the project will affect air quality, noise and lighting.

Walmart spokeswoman Angie Stoner said she could not speak specifically about the lawsuit, but the retailer believes the Galt City Council approved an adequate environmental impact report.

"It's a great disappointment that this lawsuit could cause a delay in putting 300 people to work and getting sales tax for the city. We continue to hear from Galt residents even after the approval that they are desperate for jobs and convenience a local Walmart could provide," Stoner said.

The city has an indemnification agreement with Walmart, so the retailer will be responsible for any legal expenses, Behrmann said. He said the city will hire outside counsel to work on the case.

All the concerns listed in the lawsuit have been brought up at public meetings or in their written comments on the analysis.

"We feel like all the concerns have been addressed and mitigated, but they obviously disagree," he said.

The case has been assigned to Superior Court Judge Tim Frawley, but there is no court date scheduled.

In March, Frawley ruled on a case involving a retail center with a Walmart in Rocklin. Loomis and Rocklin Residents for Responsible Growth put in a variety of challenges on the city's environmental analysis, according to a story in the Sacramento Business Journal.

He dismissed all the challenges with the exception of one. He said the city needed to redo its traffic study because it was confusing and conflicted with the economic impact/urban decay report.

Contact reporter Maggie Creamer at maggiec@lodinews.com or read her blog at www.lodinews.com/blogs/citybuzz.

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  • posted at 7:04 pm on Tue, Jun 1, 2010.


    The "monster?" Oh yeah, fear and the hatred it breeds is a dangerous thing. Such a pity.

  • posted at 1:28 pm on Sun, May 30, 2010.


    I'm sure glad someone has the courage to stand up against the monster.

  • posted at 1:28 pm on Sun, May 30, 2010.


    Jerome R. Kinderman wrote "I suspect that just as in Lodi, fear and hatred (not environmental concerns) are what is driving these groups."Well, Jerome, like most Lodians the Galt group obviously doesn't want the dumpy monstrosity, and all of the problems that come to town with it, swallowing up their city. It's a good move on their part. Keep it up Galt Citizens for Sensible Planning.

  • posted at 8:16 am on Sun, May 30, 2010.


    I would submit that Galt Citizens for Sensible Planning may be doing what they "believe" to be the right thing, although I do find it curious that their tactics are not too unlike the anti-Wal-Mart groups who also claimed to be putting Lodi citizens ahead of the evil corporate super chain.Of course everyone is entitled to their own opinion and to voice it as they find appropriate. On the other hand, as Galt's drama unfolds it will be interesting to learn what their true motives are. I suspect that just as in Lodi, fear and hatred (not environmental concerns) are what is driving these groups.

  • posted at 11:05 am on Fri, May 28, 2010.


    Galt Citizens for Sensible Planning is doing what they know is the right thing to do. More power to them.

  • posted at 4:23 am on Wed, May 26, 2010.


    galt citizens for sensible planning is wasting their time and money. too bad slapnuts. walmart is coming to the city of galt. get used to it. stop wasting your money on this issue.

  • posted at 6:32 pm on Tue, May 25, 2010.


    Cog, Galt's cool, you've got Pat Maple and Barbara Payne.

  • posted at 6:20 pm on Tue, May 25, 2010.


    Good thing there are a few sensible Galtonians (ie; Galt Citizens for Sensible Planning).

  • posted at 6:18 pm on Tue, May 25, 2010.


    Cogito: Is that really all you've got? LOL! Oh ya... you're from Galt. No more explanation needed. :-)

  • posted at 11:40 am on Tue, May 25, 2010.


    Lodian, for proof that Lodi people not being any smarter or more sophisticated than Galt people, one need look no further than your blogs.

  • posted at 10:49 am on Tue, May 25, 2010.


    ...for Galt!

  • posted at 10:48 am on Tue, May 25, 2010.


    no1special: That sounds about right. LOL!

  • posted at 8:11 am on Tue, May 25, 2010.


    ok..so..we allow a pot dispensery in galt but say no to walmart..is it just me or is there some thing wrong with this picture?? Iam for both bring em in and tax em!!!

  • posted at 8:00 am on Tue, May 25, 2010.


    I love the name "Galt Citizens for Sensible Planning" I agree with PAL,if we were talking about any other business, these people would probably be out on street corners singing the praises. A group like this is partly the reason Galt is still behind the times . I hope Walmart doesn't give up. 99% of Galt wants this store. Look at the $$$ it will bring the city. If you can have a POT store, anything is possible. The INS reps need to cruise Lincoln Way........

  • posted at 3:52 am on Tue, May 25, 2010.


    T&C. doncha think it's those darn pesky dozens of union grocery chains there in Galt that are behind this bamboozlement of yet another Walmart? You'll see just how much corruption is behind this issue in Galt, too.

  • posted at 3:14 am on Tue, May 25, 2010.


    Galt Citizens for Sensible Planning- you can call yourselves GASP...lol.If this was a Home Depot or Costco being built you would not see these challenges (look at Lodi). It is sad that the wants of a few weigh more than the wants of many. You are only taking money away from your town, which is no longer that little town it used to be.

  • posted at 2:34 am on Tue, May 25, 2010.


    It's beginning to sound like all you have to do is turn over any rock on a Wal Mart building site to find a Lawyer. Just another opportunity to drain a few fools wallets engaging in an exercise in futility.

  • posted at 1:57 am on Tue, May 25, 2010.


    Good luck, Galt Citizens for Sensible Planning.

  • posted at 10:43 pm on Mon, May 24, 2010.


    We knew this would happen. If they would build the galt walmart I would go there, but instead I'll still be driving to Lodi or Elk Grove giving them the tax dollers for thier town instead. You have to bring Galt out of the dark ages and put in somewhere we can really shop.



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