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Cedar Hills rejects big Wal-Mart store

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CEDAR HILLS — Following a two-hour public hearing before some 200 residents, most strongly opposed to a proposed Wal-Mart store, the City Council voted unanimously to support a Planning Commission recommendation against the project.

The proposed 158,000-square-foot super center was proposed on Cedar Hills Drive just across from Lone Peak High School and near a neighborhood elementary school. The project generated strong opposition from the start from residents who said the project violated city zoning standards and did not fit the city's general plan for commercial structures.

Many at the Tuesday night public hearing also expressed concern over increased traffic and crime, and fear of lower property values, and many expressed opposition to the store's plan to be open on Sundays.

A development company that represented Wal-Mart during approval process held several public meetings to try to convince residents to support the project. Wal-Mart also made design concessions intended to better blend the store by making the front facade resemble an old-fashioned Main Street.