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Standing on the corner of Bond Street and Route 22 in Bel Air, State Del. Glen Glass shows his opposition to the proposed Walmart in Bel Air SouthWednesday afternoon. (MATT BUTTON | AEGIS STAFF, Home stead Publishing / April 24, 2013)
who have spent months working to stop Walmart's effort to close its store at Constant
Friendship Boulevard and build a new one at Route 24 and Plumtree Road
were shocked at the Harford CountyCouncil's decision not to vote last week on legislation which would have slowed down the project.
Bill Wehland, a resident of Bel Air South
he lives west of Route 24
has been outspoken about development in thearea of Plumtree and Route 24.
"It just bothers me so much that a council sponsors a bill and can't get a second," he said during the public comment portion of the April 16 council meeting.
Wehland encouraged residents to stay involved in the fight against Walmart in Bel Air South.
"We don't need them," he thundered. "We don't want them and I can't make it any clearer than that!"
More than 20 people pleaded during a public hearing last week for council members to support Bill 13-16, sponsored by Councilman Jim McMahan, but the bill died after council members declined to vote on it.
Had it been passed, the legislation would have required commercial and retail establishments, which are larger than75,000 square feet and slated for areas zoned B3 for business, to go through a much stricter approval process thanwhat is on the books in Harford County.
The ultimate approval would rest in the hands of the county council, acting in its traditional role as the Board of Appeals for large developments.
Local residents Steve Tobia and Skip Panowitz, members of the Bel Air South Community Foundation who have beenamong those speaking out and organizing protests against Walmart's planned moved to their community, were alsoshocked by the council's decision.