April 28, 2011 8:49 AM
Brooke Edwards
Staff Writer

APPLE VALLEY • The Victor Valley’s first Walmart Supercenter could break ground in Apple Valley by fall, after a split Town Council approved the project without sending it to the ballot at taxpayers’ expense.

The project, slated for the corner of Dale Evans Parkway and Thunderbird Road, has been in the works for seven years and was progressing through the usual development process, with plans approved by Apple Valley’s Planning Commission in January. But a few weeks after getting the green light — in the wake of threatened litigation from an out-of-town attorney who’s successfully stalled other local Walmart stores — the discount chain abruptly pulled its permit application and announced plans to instead take the project to the ballot for voter approval.

Once Walmart gathered the 5,015 signatures needed to qualify the petition for the ballot, state Election Code dictated the Town Council had three options: Refer the project for further review, submit the petition to voters or approve the project as it stood.

The project was approved on a 3-1 vote Tuesday night, with Councilman Curt Emick recusing himself due to a potential conflict over his position as a Target pharmacist and Councilman Rick Roelle opposing the decision.

With construction expected to take one year, shoppers could be buying their groceries, toys and tires at the new store in fall 2012.

As the project progresses, job notices will be posted online at WalmartStores.com/Careers.

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Brooke Edwards may be reached at (760) 955-5358 or at bedwards@VVDailyPress.com.