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Quoting USA Today’s edition this morning,
“Chelan –
This community will allow a new Wal-Mart to open today, despite a judge’s ruling that the city issued invalid building permits for the store. The project’s opponents sued Chelan after it allowed the construction, which was more than three times the size allowed by local zoning laws. City officials say they’re looking to change those laws.”

The Wenatchee World reports in its January 21, 2007 edition:
“The new Wal-Mart super store in Chelan will be allowed to open as scheduled on Monday [Jan. 22], officials with the city of Chelan announced Friday [Jan. 19] afternoon…They (sic) city still has to remedy that issue, and on Friday said one option will be to modify the site’s zoning through its planned development district. Witherbee said that Pacland, the Seattle company that conducted the planning and development for the Chelan Wal-Mart, has already submitted a “preapplication” to amend its plan. “Unless we’re legally obligated to, we’re not going to prevent the store from opening. In fact, the spirit of the judge’s order is that the store should open,” said Mayor Jay Witherbee.”

Pacland worked on the planning and development of the Yelm Wal-Mart.

Posted by Steve on January 22, 2007 at 5:51 am | Permalink

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  1. I think what they really meant is that the threat of a lawsuit from Walmart was greater than one from the citizen’s.

    Comment by Shelley Lucus on January 28, 2007 at 8:27 pm

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