The Harford County Council on Tuesday made its first attempt at blocking the move of Wal-Mart from Abingdon to a Plumtree Road site, passing a resolution urging the State Highway Administration to deny a key point of access to the prospective site.
The Council in a 5-2 vote passed the non-binding resolution calling on the SHA to deny access from Route 924 to the Plumtree Road location. Council members Dick Slutzky and Mary Ann Lisanti voted against the measure.
Debate over the resolution was “spirited,” according to Slutzky, who said the move would set a bad precedent of council involvement to retroactively affect what he called a zoning issue. Full discussion by the Council can be found here.
Wal-Mart plans three access points to the prospective Plumtree Supercenter: one from Blue Spruce Rd, one from Plumtree Rd, and a main entrance at Bright Oaks Drive and Route 924. The council’s resolution seeks to prevent the latter access point.
A review by SHA is part of the development process, which moved forward last month with the submittal of a traffic study conducted on the area. A meeting of the county’s Development Advisory Committee is planned for Oct. 17 at 9 a.m. in the council chambers at 212 S. Bond St. The DAC meeting was moved to the chambers from its usual location to accommodate a large expected public turnout.
Slutzky said he and other council members received a petition in their mailboxes including approximately 1,200 signatures supporting the new Wal-Mart, with no indication of its origin. Slutzky said he looked through the signature lines, some of which were not complete, and some showed addresses outside of Harford County.
The full resolution follows: