Poquoson neighbors worry over possible Walmart development plans

Posted at 11:30 PM, Sep 28, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-28 23:30:25-04

Poquoson, Va. - Dozens of people rallied against a proposed plan to build a Walmart at the city council meeting Monday night.

Many are wondering what's happening with the project.

Late last week, the developer Commercial Real Estate Services, withdrew their conditional use and rezoning permits.

"The developer is now considering its by-right development options," according to a statement on the city's website.

This would mean the developer could build the Walmart if the project met city code and city council couldn't stop the plan, according to the mayor.

Many people at the meeting said they wanted answers as to the project's future. Right now, that remains unclear as the developer hasn't submitted a new formal plan.

Up and down the city's streets signs are posted against the Walmart.

Opponents say it would take away from small businesses in the city and create too much traffic.

"Please help us keep it a place where people want to live," said one resident.

No one spoke in favor of the Walmart at the meeting, but city's mayor says he believes some people are taking this debate too far.

"They're a business. They're not a death knell of the city of Poquoson," says Mayor Gene Hunt.

No vote or formal action was taken at the meeting. Hunt promised to see if a law could be revised to require a public hearing before the construction of a large business within city limits.