PARD Will AppealThey are utterly fixated on the fiscal impact study, which is beyond question their weakest point. It is NOT required under SEPA. This appeal would be laughable if it weren't so pathetic and costing Pullman so much money. It has no merit and is only being pursued as a stalling tactic.
By Nate Kuester
PULLMAN - The group opposing a Wal-Mart Supercenter in Pullman is taking the next step to try and stop construction of the mega-store.
Pullman Alliance for Responsible Development (PARD) is challenging the city Hearing Examiner's findings by filing an appeal in Whitman County Superior Court.
"We're doing that on the legal basis of two things," said Christopher Lupke, PARD Public Relations Liaison on Wednesday. "One is the traffic impact issue. We don't feel that the Hearing Examiner's determination went far enough on that and we also don't believe he had all of the information necessary to make that decision. That is required by the SEPA (State Environmental Policy) Act and by the site plan, according to the laws of Washington state."
Lupke said the group wants to know what the financial implications will be in Pullman if the Supercenter is built.
"We also feel that the fact that there has not been an independent, objective fiscal impact analysis done on Pullman that it's impossible to tell whether the Wal-Mart Supercenter will have a positive or negative impact on Pullman," he said. "We would submit that there are many examples of cities comparable to Pullman that have experienced extraordinary economic blight. But, what we need to do is have experts come in who are independent, not under the arm of Wal-Mart, to do this evaluation for us."
I call on everyone who gives a damn about Pullman to now rise up in outrage and demand an immediate stop to these frivilous and costly appeals by PARD.
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