The City of Cornelius Planning Commission has already approved Walmart's design application for an 193,000 sq. ft. Supercenter next to Adair Street (TV Hwy); the only thing left now is whether the City Council will approve a ~3 acre zone change from residential to commercial. A 'no' vote on the zone change will stop Walmart's current plan. Your presence and especially your testamonies can help stop Cornelius stop Walmart.
The reasons to oppose Walmart are varied. To many, they are obvious.
For the small town of Cornelius, a Walmart will mean even *worse traffic* on the underfunded State Highway running through this community. It will mean *less residential land* for a city already facing a residential shortfall. It will mean *fewer jobs* for the city; even if Walmart doesn't put nearby Thriftway out of business, it will be creating far fewer jobs than should be created for a development of its size according to the City's own plan. Finally, a Walmart retail center flies in the face of the city's plan for a pedestrian friendly mainstreet of small retail shops and houses.
For nearby Forest Grove and Hillsboro, traffic caused by a Walmart in Cornelius will mean money spent on TV Highway, police, and emergency services instead of more important local uses. Walmart will mean money drained out of local stores and cities and into the hands of the worlds richest family.
For the Metro region, a Walmart in Cornelius is another foot in the door. It is important to stop them now, and send a message that Portland and Metro's citizens care more about our neighborhoods than cheap underwear! A victory for Cornelius is a victory for everyone.
If you can make it, you are strongly encouraged to come to this very important City Council meeting. If you are from Cornelius thats great (but not required). If you want can talk about personal experiences and the problems caused by traffic or Walmart that would also really help. Simply showing up will help show the council that this important issue will affect many people.
The meeting will start at 7PM on Monday February 6th at the Public Service Building, 1310 N. Adair Street in Cornelius. You can get there by TV Hwy or Trimet Bus #57. Come, and bring friends, family, fellow union members, people you meet riding their bikes... etc!