(Gresham First contributed to this report)
The city of Gresham has deemed Wal-Mart's Type II Development Application "complete," for its proposed Supercenter at 182nd/Powell in Gresham. Residents now have 14 days (now through July 6) to submit comments to the City Planner.
Anyone who is 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.
Jim Wheeler, Gresham senior planner, now has 60 days (from June 17) to make a decision on the permit. It is believed he will make a decision well before the 60 days is up, as he's had quite a bit of time to review the situation while awaiting the final traffic counts.
The property Wal-Mart wants to build on is in an area comprised of more than 90% single family residential households. It sits right next to the Springwater Trail and the protected Johnson Creek Watershed.
Anyone who has come through the area knows how badly traffic already backs up in the area. Placing a Wal-Mart Supercenter at the intersection will only make matters worse, especially for fire trucks and ambulances coming from the station up the street.
City planner's contact information:
Senior Development Planner
Community & Economic Development
1333 NW Eastman Parkway
Gresham, OR 97030