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Orange County Disappointed with Wal-Mart Decision

Note: The following news release was issued by Orange County, Virginia on January 26, 2011

For Immediate Release
January 26, 2011

ORANGE COUNTY DISAPPOINTED WITH WAL-MART DECISION


Orange County, Virginia, was stunned and disappointed to learn that Wal-Mart is abandoning its proposed location on Rt. 3. Orange County stood with Wal-Mart to defend in court County approval of its requested Special Use Permit. Orange County officials and staff worked very hard through a review process to balance economic development with private property rights and a respect for historic preservation in developing the Rt. 3 corridor with this Wal-Mart location.

The Orange County Economic Development Authority, Chamber of Commerce and many citizens supported the location of a Wal-Mart store and the Special Use Permit approved by the Board of Supervisors for this 51 acre site.
Forces from largely outside the County, using exaggeration, took advantage of the horrors of the Civil War to achieve their own goals. Their approach was contrary to a federal battlefield commission which encouraged cooperation with the locality. Even the eminent Dr. James McPherson conceded that no event of historic significance occurred on this land.

The extensive viewshed studies and modifications to the proposed store made by SUP conditions would have provided effective buffering to, not only the Wal-Mart, but to the other development proposed for this site. Concepts of private property ownership, which were well-understood by our ancestors at the time of the Constitution and the time of the Civil War, were forgotten by the Plaintiffs in their zeal.

Although Wal-Mart has stated it is still committed to locating in Orange County, the County is anxious to have that assurance demonstrated substantially by Wal-Mart meeting with the County in the coming month to move forward with an alternate site. The Board is pleased with Wal-Mart’s pledge to reimburse the County for all of its administrative costs and attorneys’ fees expended for the review process and litigation so that the citizens of Orange County will not suffer because of the Wal-Mart withdrawal.

Orange County will continue to work with Wal-Mart to find an acceptable site on Rt. 3 and minimize the economic damage created by those who brought the lawsuit. Orange County remains committed to expanding its tax base through economic development and good land use planning in the Rt. 3 Corridor.

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For More Information Contact:
Sharon E. Pandak
County Attorney
703-680-5543

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For more on the Wilderness Walmart issue please visit our Wilderness Walmart page.

For more on the Battle of the Wilderness please visit our Wilderness page.

 

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