The City of Yelm Community Development Dept. recommended back in 2005 & 2006 that the Yelm City Council approve the permit for a Wal-Mart to be constructed in Yelm. There were public hearings and several groups, including Protect Yelm, that raised many issues about this store being built here.
Traffic mitigation was a key concern –
how would the projected 750+ vehicles a day be handled on Yelm streets.
The City of Yelm’s own Transportation Mitigation Plan for Wal-Mart construction being approved REQUIRED that traffic would be handled via a completed Yelm Bypass WITHIN 6 YEARS!
Many of the public KNEW there would be no funding for a Bypass by 2013 and protested the approval to the Yelm City Council and their Hearings Examiner on these grounds. They would not listen nor agree.
The City of Yelm received the egregious “moratorium on moratoriums” about the public not being permitted to mention Big-Box stores at Council sessions.
So, here we are in 2013, 6 years later after the opening and there is no Bypass to mitigate Wal-Mart traffic, just as the public predicted.
AND SOME WONDER WHY I HAVE AN ISSUE WITH MAYOR HARDING & THE YELM CITY COUNCIL!
THEY DECEIVE THE PUBLIC –
ADD THIS TO THE LIST!