- Lodi Supercenter still on hold
A Walmart Supercenter planned for the corner of Lower Sacramento
Road and Kettleman Lane is still on hold because it is tied up in
Citizens for Open Government, a group opposing Walmart, appealed
a judge's decision last June that would have let the retailer move
forward with the store. The appeal is still in the record filing
stages with the Third District Court of Appeal.
In May, Judge Elizabeth Humphreys ruled that the retailer's
environmental impact report meets state requirements and rejected
arguments from both Lodi First and Citizens for Open
Both groups filed suit in early 2005 against the project's
environmental impact report. At that time, Humphreys ruled that the
project's environmental reports needed more studies.
The retailer did the additional studies required by court and
then had to go through the city approval process again. Once they
received approval, Humphreys had to sign off on the new
environmental documents before the project moved forward.
— Maggie Creamer
Posted: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 3:45 pm
A Sacramento County Superior Court judge struck down a legal
challenge of the Galt Walmart, moving the project one step closer
to construction. Judge Timothy Frawley ruled last Wednesday that
the project could move forward with the construction process, but
the city needs to revisit one aspect of the project's
state-mandated environmental reports.
Walmart will most likely hold off starting construction until it
knows whether the Galt Citizens for Sensible Planning will file an
appeal of the judge's ruling, City Attorney Steve Rudolph said. The
group has 60 days to decide whether it will appeal.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011 3:45 pm.