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Decision looms on Save Atascadero's appeal of ruling on Wal-Mart lawsuit

Anna Pence and other Walmart supporters wave fans handed out by Walmart to show support for the project at the June 26, 2012, Atascadero City Council meeting. Later in the evening, the council approved the project.
Anna Pence and other Walmart supporters wave fans handed out by Walmart to show support for the project at the June 26, 2012, Atascadero City Council meeting. Later in the evening, the council approved the project. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

The decision on whether the city of Atascadero violated California's environmental laws when it approved construction of a Wal-Mart-anchored shopping center could still be weeks away.

A group called Save Atascadero, spearheaded by residents Tom Comar and Lee Perkins, sued the city in 2012 in an attempt to require further study how bringing a Wal-Mart shopping center and an adjacent development to Del Rio Road could impact the area’s roads, air quality and noise levels.

In 2013, a San Luis Obispo Superior Court judge ruled that the city wasn't in violation. Save Atascadero appealed the ruling.

On May 30, justices from the state 2nd District Court of Appeal heard arguments from attorneys on both sides.

City Attorney Brian Pierik expects a decision to come back in about 60 days from the hearing date, city officials told The Tribune on Tuesday.

The litigation has held up the potential construction of the shopping centers.

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