Warner Robins’ Planning & Zoning approves Wal-Mart rezoning
WARNER ROBINS, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A sigh of emotional distress followed the decision from Planning and Zoning to approve Wal-Mart rezoning.
Dozens of Warner Robins, Byron and nearby residents were upset to hear Wal-Mart requested 6.5 acres of residential land near White Road and Highway 41. After the meeting adjourned several displayed verbal disapproval for the committee’s decision.
Representatives from the company showed the citizens on power-point plans and studies to build a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market, which is a smaller version of the superstore chain, and would be the third of it’s kind in Houston County.
Few residents spoke out about the chain moving into a residential area, but many shook their heads in agreement with each other to keep the store away from their neighborhoods.
Georgian Walk resident and mother of two, Michelle Herron stood emotionally in front of the committee saying the safety of her children would be at risk.
“I just can’t imagine how a city that prides themselves on safety being number one. That [the decision] wasn’t number number one, so I just can’t imagine that they would let this happen.”
Others noted the proximity of other Wal-Marts in the area, traffic lights and wanted to know if sidewalks were going to be added.
The representative said they’ve surveyed the land area and are planning to make sure it’s safe for everyone who lives near it.
The next step is for the Mayor of Warner Robins and Council to make the final decision. That meeting will be held near June 20.
Click here to get meeting minutes and the agenda.