Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Proposed Wal-Mart Center Clears Legal Hurdles i nSuisun City

Proposed Wal-Mart Center Clears Legal Hurdles
Regulatory permits required prior to construction start

SUISUN CITY — More than two years after unanimous City Council approval, the Wal-Mart Supercenter proposed for Walters Road and Highway 12 has cleared all legal challenges.

In August, the state Courts of Appeals upheld a Solano County Superior Court ruling that Suisun City followed all state laws and procedures in reviewing and approving the proposed store, related gas station and restaurant site.

Developing this site, which was designated for commercial development for decades, to capture sales taxes currently leaving the city is essential to continuing to provide key public services to Suisun City residents.

Before construction can begin, several key regulatory permits must be secured from various state and federal agencies.

In October, the state Regional Water Quality Control Board granted its permission for the project pending approval of a mitigation plan, prior to construction, to compensate for enclosing a portion of a drainage facility running across the site.

In working with the regional water board staff through 34 site plan revisions, Wal-Mart officials agreed to give up the gas station it had proposed and to slightly shrink the size of the store.

With regional water board consent in hand, Wal-Mart can secure other outstanding permits and submit construction drawings for City review.

Barring further challenges, construction could begin as early as summer 2011.

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