Appellate court approves of Atasacadero Walmart
July 10, 2014
The California Second District Court of Appeals has upheld a ruling that the city of Atascadero complied with environmental laws in its approval of the construction of a Walmart superstore.
In June 2012, the Atascadero City Council approved the construction of a Walmart superstore as well as an adjacent shopping center near the intersection of El Camino Real and Del Rio Road. A group opposed to the Walmart called Save Atascadero filed a lawsuit later that summer arguing that the city did not issue a sufficient environmental impact report on the project.
In June 2103, San Luis Obispo Superior Court Judge Jac Crawford ruled that Atascadero lawfully approved the Walmart superstore.
Save Atascadero promptly appealed, and the appellate court heard arguments from both sides on May 30. The appellate court then ruled Tuesday in favor of the city, according to a press release issued by Atascadero City Attorney Brian Pierik.
Save Atascadero has until August 18 to file a petition for the California Supreme Court to review the case. However, the Supreme Court only opts to review to a small percentage of cases.