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Hearing on Wal-Mart appeal set

A hearing for an appeal against a Gresham Wal-Mart is set for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, in Gresham city council chambers, 1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway.

The hearing is part of an appeal launched by Gresham First, a non-profit, smart growth campaign, and three neighborhood associations representing Gresham's Centennial, Southwest and Hollybrook areas.

Their joint appeal, filed earlier this month, opposed the city's recent approval of a Wal-Mart supercenter at the corner of Powell Boulevard and 182nd Avenue.

Although the project received initial approval from city staff on July 27, neighbors concerned about community effects, such as traffic, safety and livability, are not convinced the development can work at the proposed location. The new proposal includes a 122,000-square-foot store with more than 500 parking spaces split between underground and surface lots.

A hearing will take place before Hearings Officer Joe Turner.

On Sept. 6, the city will send notice of the hearing to property owners and residents within 300 feet of the proposed Wal-Mart and surrounding neighborhood associations.

Written testimony must be received before the end of the hearing on Sept. 27. Considering that the hearing takes place in the morning, citizens are encouraged to mail their testimony in time for it to arrive at City Hall by Tuesday, Sept. 26.

It should be addressed to the hearings officer and mailed or brought to the city of Gresham, 1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway, Gresham, 97030.

Oral and written testimony also will be accepted during the hearing. In addition, those who testify, either in writing or orally, may appeal the hearings officer's decision to the state's Land Use Board of Appeals within 21 days of the decision.