Monday, June 20, 2005
COMMENT PERIOD BEGINS: JUNE 20, 2005
Wal-Mart's Type II Development Application has been deemed "complete" and
residents now have only 14 days (June 20 - July 4) to submit comments to
the City Planner. ANY PERSON opposed to this development may communicate
in writing via electronic or regular mail during this review period.
Comments should address relevant concerns and also your intent to appeal if
the application is approved.
A sample letter to the City Planner is included below. Your opinion counts
and your voice should be heard. Please see our website for additional
information and ways to get involved and contribute to our efforts!
We have great confidence in the strength of our case and of our community,
and look forward to a decisive victory. Your hard work and dedication to
our campaign is greatly appreciated.
Senior Development Planner
Community & Economic Development
1333 NW Eastman Parkway
Gresham, OR 97030
I am writing to express my concerns regarding the proposed Wal-Mart
development in Gresham. As a neighborhood resident I am fearful of the
impact that this store will have on our community. I believe that this
proposal is a poor fit for the site and I intend to appeal if a development
permit is approved.
Many American communities have found that the costs associated with a
Wal-Mart far out weigh the benefits. I am greatly concerned about
Wal-Mart's impact on local business, existing traffic problems, nearby
schools, and environmental quality. Wal-Mart's history of destroying
communities across America is documented by ongoing class action lawsuits
over the illegal treatment of employees, inadequate health benefits and
sexual discrimination. The loss of quality jobs are not balanced by those
created by Wal-Mart, and tax revenues will not cover the expense of traffic
control, public safety, lost property value, and social welfare.
Wal-Mart's plans are a major threat to Gresham's economy, workers and
natural resources and we CANNOT AFFORD these costs.
The development of a Supercenter at 182nd & Powell is directly contrary to
the goals of the Community Development Plan for reasons including:
•Increased traffic in an already congested area
•Safety risks from increased traffic, with special regard to student
pedestrians and emergency vehicle access
•Pollution of Johnson Creek and Fairview Creek Headwater Restoration Project
•Noise pollution caused by an increase in traffic, including semi-trucks
•Storm water & sewage impact on water quality & aquifers
•Incompatibility with adjacent wildlife habitat and residential neighborhoods
•Loss of open space, destruction of trees and impact on natural areas like
historic Springwater Trail
•Expense of costly new infrastructure
•Impact on locally owned businesses and historic commercial centers
•Devaluation of property in surrounding neighborhoods.
As you review Wal-Mart's proposal, I thank you in advance for considering
the concerns of the Gresham community. Please reject Wal-Mart's permit
application and put Gresham first.