August 4, 2016

Developers’ efforts to obtain water quality permitting for the Ridgeland Costco aren’t over just yet.

Attorney Steve Maloney, an opponent of the project, has requested an evidentiary hearing with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ).

A date for the hearing had not been set at press time, according to MDEQ Communications Director Robbie Wilbur.

In June, the MDEQ permitting board awarded a water quality permit and storm water management certification to developers of Renaissance phase three.

The development would include a Costco Wholesale warehouse, and is being constructed by Andrew Mattiace and H.C. Bailey, the developers of the first phase of Renaissance at Colony Park.

The permits were needed because the project could impact the nearby Purple Creek and more than 14 acres of wetlands.

It was unclear whether a hearing officer would be appointed to hear the case or whether it would be heard by the permitting board.

The hearing would be much like a legal hearing, and could include arguments and the introduction of evidence from both sides, according to state law.