Atascadero group appeals Walmart ruling
July 17, 2013
In June 2012, 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.
Last summer, attorneys for Save Atascadero filed a lawsuit arguing that 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 Save Atascadero’s claims.
Last month, San Luis Obispo Superior Court Judge Jac Crawford ruled that Atascadero lawfully approved the Walmart project originally slated to be finished in 2014. City officials expect the lawsuit and appeal to delay the project by several years.