On Friday, Aug. 9, Good Growth DeKalb will rally in front of DeKalb County Courthouse in advance of the first hearing in its lawsuit to halt the redevelopment of Suburban Plaza for a Walmart Supercenter. In a release to the media, Good Growth DeKalb said it filed the lawsuit to “force the county to comply with its own laws, and give Good Growth DeKalb’s appeal of the building permit for the Walmart Supercenter at Suburban Plaza a proper hearing.” Good Growth DeKalb will rally from noon to 1 p.m. in front of DeKalb County Courthouse, 556 N. McDonough St., in Decatur. The court hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.
Good Growth DeKalb filed an internal DeKalb County administrative appeal in January contending that truck, tree and hydrology ordinances were not followed in granting the building permit for the Walmart Supercenter. This appeal was directed to the County Technical Board of Appeals, as required by county law. However, the county assigned the appeal to the Zoning Board of Appeals, which Good Growth DeKalb contends did not have authority to hear the matter. In its lawsuit, Good Growth DeKalb says that the appeal was erroneously heard by the Zoning Board of Appeals in February.