Battle over Atascadero Walmart goes to court
March 20, 2013
An attorney for Save Atascadero, a group opposed to the Walmart project, argued that the environmental impact report conducted by the city did not sufficiently examine air quality impacts the development would create.
City Attorney Brian Pierik countered, arguing that environmental studies proved that potentially toxic emissions would be within the legal limit. Attorneys for Walmart, which Save Atascadero named in the suit, also disputed the claims made by the plaintiffs.
The Atascadero City Council approved the construction of a Walmart superstore, as well as an adjacent shopping center dubbed the Annex, near the intersection of El Camino Real and Del Rio Road. Save Atascadero’s suit has delayed construction of the project.
Crawford heard the case Tuesday afternoon in Paso Robles. He is yet to issue a ruling.