March 15, 2014
The Planning Commission voted 5-2 to recommend City Council approve a rezoning for Wal-Mart.
Before making the decision, residents were given one last chance to vice their concerns to the Commission. Most of the residents who spoke tonight were in support of the Wal-Mart.
Many felt the development would help the city's economy because Wal-Mart would be required to pay city taxes. Some also felt the store would attract other new businesses to the area.
But those against the store are upset that residential land is being rezoned for business.
"Why are we so much in a rush to rezone a residential area," said resident George Rose. "Isn't there enough land already zoned business in the city."
"I've seen Harrisonburg grow, Staunton and Augusta County, but I've seen Waynesboro get smaller," said resident Carol Sipe. I think it needs a change, it needs a shot in the arm."
The Planning Commission will present the recommendation to City Council at Council's next meeting this coming Monday at 7 p.m.