Based on the town's zoning regulations, the deadline to appeal a controversial decision to allow a second Walmart location in town is Friday, Jan. 25. But, according to the Planning and Zoning Department, no appeals have been filed to this point.
The proposal, which would see the construction of a new 158,430-square foot Walmart supercenter at 205 Spencer St., a site formerly occupied by a Kmart store, was approved for a special exemption by the Planning and Zoning Commission on Jan. 7, 2013.
The appeal process for such an approval is 15 days from the date the approval is published in a newspaper, which was on Jan. 10, 2013 according to staff in the Planning and Zoning Department.
Appeals would have to be made by an “aggrieved party," according to Senior Planner Renata Bertotti, who said that theoretically there were a number of grounds on which an appeal could be filed, but that she was not qualified to specify them and suggested a party that felt "aggrieved" by the decision should consult a land use attorney.
Still, despite the large outpouring of public criticism about Walmart's desire to open a second location in Manchester, including from several competing businesses in the area shop as ShopRite, no appeals have been filed against the approval to date.
The final day to file such as appeal before the deadline expires would be Friday, Jan. 25, 2013.