Thursday, January 22, 2009

Judge Upholds Suisun City's Wal-Mart Approval


SUISUN CITY — Solano County Superior Court Judge Paul L. Beeman has issued a final ruling that the City of Suisun City fulfilled every legal obligation when the City Council considered and approved the Walters Road West Project, which is proposed to house a Wal-Mart Supercenter.

Judge Beeman issued his decision on Wednesday.

“We are very pleased to have this litigation behind us, and look forward to this project’s moving forward,” said City Manager Suzanne Bragdon.

The proposed Wal-Mart Supercenter is expected to help Suisun City capture much-needed sales tax dollars that City residents currently spend in other communities. Suisun City currently sees approximately 70 percent of sales tax available from its residents leak to other communities.

“Every time Suisun City residents spend sales tax in another community, they are helping to pave that city’s streets and protect that city’s residents,” City Manager Bragdon said. “We want Suisun City residents to buy the goods and services they need in Suisun City, so that those tax dollars can benefit our neighborhoods.”

On February 12, 2008, the Suisun City Council unanimously approved the environmental studies and application for the Walters Road Project. The approval included a determination that this project will not negatively impact any Travis Air Force Base operations.

“We are very pleased that Judge Beeman’s review of this case supports the diligent work by our staff and consultants to comply with every state and local regulation, including 1,600 pages of analysis,” City Manager Bragdon said.

>>Click here to read the judge's full ruling>>


mjhudson said...

This is great news for all Suisun City residents. Not only did the Judge support the decisions of Suisun City and WalMart, he did so 2 weeks early!
While there was never a doubt as to whether the decision by the Planning Commission and City Council was legal, it is great that the decision has been affirmed through the Court.

Anonymous said...

We'll see how long the Marina and Sunset shopping areas survive when customers drive passed on their waqy to Wal-mart.