Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Good News at Last!

Just saw this at the Pullman Alliance for Responsible Development website:
City Public Works Director Mark Workman has just announced his decison on the Wal-Mart Supercenter SEPA report:

A "determination of non-significance." (DNS)

Of the three possible rulings, this is the best decision possible from Wal-Mart's point of view, the worst from the point of view of most Pullman residents (ed. - only to a small group of professors and students. The permanent residents of Pullman win with this ruling.)

This means Workman does not even believe there are significant mitigations to be made, only minor ones.

The time for public comment is now, finally, open. It will last utnil (sic) July 11th. All interested parties are urged to express their views.
Formal comments can be submitted to Mark Workman, Public Works Director, at City Hall. I urge everyone to do so and express your support for Wal-Mart. I know I will be.

Send your letters to:
Responsible Official
Public Works Director Mark Workman
Pullman City Hall
325 SE Paradise Street
Pullman, WA 99163
After July 11, the city will issue a final determination on the SEPA checklist at some point. Once that is done, the public will have 10 days to file an appeal requesting a hearing. PARD has already made it clear they are going to do so on several issues.

That hearing will be a circus. Wal-Mart supporters will need to be out in force to counteract the PARD radicals. The time to organize is drawing near.

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