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Salt Lake City Group Earns Victory Over Wal-Mart

| Written by Justin Dahlheimer | No Comments | Updated on Sep 12, 2008 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

The grassroots group, Foothill Development Watch, and area community councils enjoyed a recent victory over Wal-Mart when the Salt Lake CIty Planning Commission unanimously rejected Wal-Mart’s request for a zoning change in order to make way for a new supercenter.

Nearly 100 citizens crowded the hearing to witness the Planning Commission’s negative recommendation on Wal-Mart’s request to rezone a former Kmart site to allow the retail giant to erect a new, 120,000-square-foot supercenter in the city’s Sugar House neighborhood. Foothill Development Watch has been active in informing the public that the project is unfit with the community’s master plan, in addition to the potential detriment to area traffic and surrounding local businesses. Thanks to their efforts, a number of surrounding neighborhood councils have passed motions or resolutions denouncing the project.

This issue will now head to the City Council for a final vote later this fall.


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Justin Dahlheimer is a researcher with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and the author of the reports, “Balancing Budgets by Raising Depletion Taxes” and “The Benefits of North Dakota’s Pharmacy Ownership Law.”

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