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Enough Signatures Validated in Referendum Petition to Repeal City Council's Decision to Construct Walmart at Campbell and Grand

Petition awaits certification from City Clerk's office
Walmart Neighborhood Market
Walmart Neighborhood Market on S. Glenstone Ave/Credit: Scott Harvey

Over 250 signatures were delivered to the Springfield City Clerk’s Office Monday, attempting to repeal City Council’s rezone that would allow for construction of a Walmart Neighborhood Market at the intersection of Grand and Campbell.

The 250 signatures were well above the additional 43 signatures needed to complete the referendum petition. The coalition was short those 43 votes when it submitted the petition ten days ago; the City Clerk’s office was only able to certify 1,744 signatures while needing 1,787.

An ad hoc coalition of citizens from the groups Stand Up to Walmart and Citizens Advocating for Responsible Development collected the signatures.

Marla Marantz is a spokesperson for Citizens Advocating for Responsible Development. She says no pedestrian studies were conducted on the property prior to City Council’s decision to rezone in February.

“We feel there were some problems with the zoning process itself. We’re hoping this will give council a much needed chance to review the circumstances and the conditions of this rezoning, and that they’ll reconsider,” Marantz said.

Cora Scott with the City of Springfield says while the referendum wasn’t technically certified, City Council has been notified that the referendum will reach its numbers.

“The clerk’s office was able to validate enough of those signatures basically to consider it successful. It’s not officially certified,” Scott said.

Marla Marantz says once the referendum is certified, City Council has 30 days to put the referendum on its agenda, and following a public hearing, Council will vote whether to accept the referendum, which would repeal the zoning, or send it to a public vote in August.

For KSMU News, I’m Samuel Crowe.