And Wal-Mart will locate its Superstore just outside the town limits.
And Blacksburg won't get one dime of tax revenue from the project.
Way to go, fellas:
Blacksburg Town Council passes ordinanceNot to mention the fact that this ordinance is illegal as hell. "Equal protection" and all that.
By Tonia Moxley, The Roanoke Times
Blacksburg — It’s unanimous. Developers who want to build retail buildings larger than 80,000 square feet in Blacksburg must submit their plans to Town Council for an extra layer of review.
But such ordinances don’t necessarily block Wal-Marts or other big-boxes from moving into a community. In October, Roanoke County supervisors approved such a permit for a Wal-Mart Supercenter planned for the Clearbrook area. (link)
But beyond that, what have the council members and advocacy groups really accomplished? They've certainly assured the acceleration of the problem with downtown business vacancies, which will bring about a decline in local tax revenue, which will bring about cutbacks in public services, which will lead to more decline, which will lead to more vacancies ...
So celebrate. You got your way. Consumers, when that Wal-Mart is built a mile down the street, just outside town, will have to drive an extra minute to get their groceries. Break out the bubbly.
Sometimes the smartest people can be just plain stupid.