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“Green” Walmart Project Represented By State Sustainable Growth Chair Seeks Stormwater Law Waiver

“Green” Walmart Project Represented By State Sustainable Growth Chair Seeks Waiver From 2007 Stormwater Law

Port Covington Walmart Stormdrain

25th Street Station Walmart Shopping Center Development Team Wants Waiver From 2007 Law

A page just located on the Baltimore City Public Works website published January 19 states that the city is indeed considering a request for an Administrative Waiver for the 2007 Stormwater Management Law for the proposed 25th Street Station Walmart development project (Nov 1, 2010 – Is The Baltimore City Council Going To Vote On An Illegal PUD?).

In Mid-November 2010 an email was sent by Charles Village Civic Association President, Jennifer Erickson, a reported community partner of the 25th Street Station, to Charles Village residents to quell concerns, in part, to protests over noncompliance with the Stormwater Management Law.  Erickson’s email offered testimony that the development team “began its planning two years ago” as justification for a waiver and for grandfathering the project into the minimal requirements of the 2000 Maryland Stormwater Regulations.

By Erickson’s own words, however, this is exactly why the project should not be grandfathered.   The project was plotted well after April 24, 2007, when Governor Martin O’Malley signed the “Stormwater Management Act of 2007”.  The planners made a conscious decision to shoot for grandfathering, rather than compliance, and with Jon Laria as their lawyer, top campaign contributor to Martin O’Malley’s campaign and Maryland Sustainable Growth Chair, they appear to have an ace in their pocket.

Getting “concept approval” by the waiver deadline is not justification alone for a Stormwater Management Waiver.  Baltimore City should not only consider the environmental impact of such a decision, but what the waiver will cost the city and its taxpayers in the long term.

The city posted the information regarding this waiver on their website on January 19th, 2010, but they did not send out a public notice to residents about the waiver application.   The period for comment consideration sent to reportedly ended on January 27th.

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It is so typical of the city to NOT include the public in its deliberations. Many people testified at the hearings on 25th Street Station about their concerns about the waiver the developer (and his attorney) had applied for from the CURRENT state standards for storm-water management. Many of us just learned of the possibility of comment AFTER the deadline had passed. The City Council has hundreds of names on file from the hearings this fall.

Comment by Betty Robinson

Of course! It’s Walmart and What Walmart wants is what Walmart gets. Just do as they please, the Walton Family may provide many jobs to people but they don’t care that they go into neighborhoods and CRUSH the other guy.Look at their prices, look at the quality of the merchadise, it’s not much IF any than any other store unless it is on sale. I wish Target would giove them morfe of run fot their $$$’s.

Comment by Clarice Neukam

NIce photo of Port Covington. The shame illustrated in this shocking photo is that the residents of our fine City litter this much. No wonder there is a trash TMDL. FYI, this is an inflow to the stormwater management facility, which is doing its job by capturing the trash and keeping it from entering the harbor. Trash, such as this is cleaned from the stormwater facility and all of the site’s catch basins once a month. Not taking a position, just stating information which I know as fact.

Comment by stormwater

The careless use of ‘truth’ to move one’s own agenda forward never ceases to surprise me. Interesting how easily people want to believe what they read.

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