Taken From KATU website
HILLSBORO - Wal-Mart's promise of falling prices has failed to win over everyone in Hillsboro. The Hillsboro Planning Commission gave Wal-Mart a thumb down, denying the retail giant's proposal to develop a mega store at Cornelius Pass and Baseline.
On an empty plot of land, off of Cornelius Pass Road, there are visions of a huge Wal-Mart, with a gigantic parking lot and thousands of customers.
However, Wal-Mart's backers had a tough sell in getting the retailer approved by the city council.
"And so we'll be landlocked, we'll be prisoners in our own neighborhood because of the traffic problems," said Karen. "We don't want any store," said Karen.
The planning commission denied the request to put a Wal-Mart in town, so Wal-Mart's attorneys are appealing to Hillsboro's City Council.
"We don't agree with the approach the planning commission took," said Wal-Mart attorney Greg Hathaway.
Many residents were interested in the outcome, as evidenced by the full council chamber that includes two overflow rooms.
Arguments for and against the store follow two primary lines.
Attorneys stated Wal-Mart will meet all of the city's criteria, yet opponents believe a Hillsboro Wal-Mart would attract too much traffic.
"You can't imaging the traffic that goes by every day, and it's on our street," said Joe Kosmalski. "Because we are supposed to have another 10,000 more cars on that road."
Wal-Mart's supporters think Hillsboro's hard-hit tech heavy economy could benefit from the giant retailer's presence.
"Competition breeds traffic, and it would help the community in general," said Brian Blechman.
City Council had to shut the discussion down shortly after 10:00 p.m. Tuesday evening. They intend to reconvene Wednesday hoping to make a decision at the end of the session.
What's next: After a decision is made, either side can appeal to the land use board of appeals, after that, the case could go to the state court of appeals.
If a decision is not reached through the appeal process it could go as high as the state Supreme Court.