Norman residents to protest new Walmart

Residents in east Norman say they were kept in the dark that a Walmart Supercenter was planned for an intersection near their neighborhood. They plan a petition drive to protest it, one resident said.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Published: July 26, 2014
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Residents near a proposed Walmart Supercenter on the city’s east side say they will get a petition drive going to protest a change in land use and rezoning for the project.

They would have done it sooner, except they were kept in the dark that a Walmart was planned for the southeast corner of Cedar Lane and Classen Boulevard, Everett Hutcheson said.

Hutcheson said he and other residents of the nearby St. James Park neighborhood learned about plans for a supercenter just two days before Tuesday’s city council meeting, at which the land use and zoning requests were to be considered.

The requests ended up being postponed Tuesday at the request of the applicant, who was represented at the meeting by attorney Blaine Nice. The applicant is not Walmart but rather the current property owners, Nice said.

The requests are to change from a low density residential land use designation and industrial zoning to a commercial land use designation and zoning.

Nice said the applicant asked Tuesday for the postponement until Aug. 12 so questions about the project could be answered, and because two members of the council were absent Tuesday.

“We wanted a full council to vote on the proposal,” he said. Mayor Cindy Rosenthal and Councilman Jerry Lang were absent from the meeting.

Council members said they were unaware that the land use change and rezoning request was for construction of a Walmart until just a couple of days before the meeting.

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by Jane Glenn Cannon
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A native of Oklahoma, Jane Glenn Cannon is an award-winning reporter who has covered everything from crime, courts and government to entertainment and features. She wrote a popular personal column for many years. She is a former associate writer...
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