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Good Growth DeKalb Appeals Walmart Supercenter Building Permit

The issue will go before the DeKalb County Board of Appeals on Feb. 13.

Good Growth DeKalb, the local organization fighting the construction of a Walmart Supercenter in North Decatur, has filed an appeal against the redevelopment and will get a chance to argue its case next month.

Selig Enterprises, which was recently issued a building permit to move forward, will go before the DeKalb County Board of Appeals on Feb. 13 at 1 p.m., according to county signs posted at the site.

The group filed the appeal Jan. 9, which they said was a "necessary precursor to filing a lawsuiti," according to a note from the group sent out to residents who signed an online petition over the summer protesting the Walmart.

The Medlock Area Neighborhood Association offered more details last week on what basis Good Growth DeKalb filed the appeal.

From their post:

1) Medlock Road is not an authorized truck route, and therefore Walmart's use of this road violates DeKalb Code Section 17-94
2) various hydrology requirements were not met, and
3) there are various violations of the county Tree Protection Ordinance

DeKalb County thoroughly reviewed the redevelopment plan and determined that all criteria were met before granting the building permit. Selig is confident they've met the criteria and is prepared to address the appeal at the Feb. 13th hearing.

Good Growth DeKalb is encouraging supporters to donate to the forthcoming legal challenge and has organized a meeting the night before the appeal hearing, Feb. 12, at North Decatur Presbyterian Church. The group also plans protest again in front of the shopping center on Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

What do you think of Good Growth DeKalb's appeals challenge? Tell us in the comments section below.

Kevin Madison January 29, 2013 at 12:58 AM
I applaud you for working so very diligently to stop Walmart from expanding into our community. Walmart does a disservice to all communities by helping swell the ranks of an underclass. They do not benefit by being employed by this corporation that has historically provides under average wages and benefits and does nothing to help people get off the public dole. There is no question that this company harms the profitablity of small businesses and the franchise market. For example, I spoke to someone at a business on Scott Blvd who said their property taxes were going up by 30% if Walmart builds. Walmart is a terrible neighbor.
John Maynard February 13, 2013 at 03:02 PM
Kevin I hope you are right! If property taxes go up that means proeprty values went up too. So I Ihope every "someone" and "they" in a mile radius of the new development experiences the increase in property values. Now, if only GGD would focus on something constructive instead of just saying no.
Joanne February 13, 2013 at 03:25 PM
John Maynard -- I used to like you because you spearheaded the traffic abatement effort in our neighborhood a few years ago. I was impressed with the way you conducted the meetings, but I am not impressed with your comment above. First, have you even been to a GGD open meeting? GGD is not "just saying no" and to reduce the effort to stop this 150,000 sq. foot monstrosity to that stupid line is a complete distortion of the effort. Yes, the group is new and GGD has made no secret of that fact that they were galvanized into formation and action around the Walmart supercenter proposal that was back-doored into our neighborhood. Everyone was blindsided. For you to sit back on this issue and do nothing and be a keyboard jockey throwing out ill-advised criticisms because a lot of idiots on this page will jump on your bandwagon is beneath you.
Richard February 13, 2013 at 08:13 PM
I would like to know where all the Good Growth Dekalb memebers have been over the years while the shopping center fell into disrepair and become an eyesore. Why haven't you spearheaded a movement to have the center revamped to bring in nicer stores. True Walmart is big box store and will cause there to be more traffic but at least some of us residents will stop and shop instead of just driving by.
K.C.S. February 13, 2013 at 08:55 PM
How did it go?
Bryan Gregory February 14, 2013 at 12:23 AM
The ZBA voted unanimously to deny their appeal, as it was obvious their case had no merit whatsoever.

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