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Court Rules Against Group Opposing Knightdale Wal-Mart

Posted April 16, 2007
Updated April 17, 2007

— Knightdale residents opposing the construction of a Wal-Mart Supercenter were stymied Monday when a judge ruled that the town had not violated any state statutes in rezoning land for the project.

In his ruling, Superior Court Judge Henry Barnette said Knightdale officials had followed due-process requirements in publicizing public hearings held to discuss the rezoning proposal.

He also stated that the Knightdale Town Council had complied with a North Carolina statute when passing a rezoning ordinance for the property and that Councilman Mike Chalk did not have a conflict of interest in voting on the ordinance.

In their suit brought against the Town of Knightdale, members of CARE (Citizens Against Residential Encroachment) said Chalk had bid on and obtained a contract to do work on a property owned by one of the companies involved in the Wal-Mart project. However, Chalk told the court he had no interest in contracting to do work on the project, and the court ruled he had no substantial financial interest involved.

CARE officials released a statement early Monday evening saying that they are “profoundly disappointed” in the court’s ruling. The group had not decided whether to appeal the ruling.


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  • independent_thinker Apr 17, 2007

    What's with all the anti-Northerner comments?

    Last I looked, the farm and manufacturing economy of NC was in the toilet before businesses started expanding and relocating their employees to NC.

    Do all Southerners resort to Nativist rhetoric when they disagree with someone? It's an underwhelming method of logic.

  • LaLa-Land Apr 17, 2007

    Just more outsiders complaining about "progress" if you can call walmart that.

  • sick and tired Apr 17, 2007

    I have lived in Knightdale my entire life (35 yrs). When I was in high school the Hardee's was built, then came Winn Dixie and little later Walmart followed suit. I say to the CARE people, suck it up, it is the price you pay for progress. If Knightdale had stayed the same as it had when I was growing up, the subdivision that is in such an uproar would still be our 3 wheeler paths and soy bean fields...

  • Nobody but Carolina Apr 17, 2007

    The rumors I've heard is that when the current Wal Mart is vacated when the Super Wal Mart is done is that the old space may become a movie theater, at least there has been discussion on that subject. It's the one all inclusive spot in Knightdale that would adapt over easily without further building.

  • I hear voices Apr 17, 2007

    Cry me a river. The new store means more jobs doesn't it.

  • mslisac363 Apr 17, 2007

    For all people that don't want stores in their areas, keep your butts out of our neighborhoods that you shop in. What do these people think that their are no homes around any other locations?
    People get a life!

  • carolinaborn Apr 17, 2007

    what is with these CARE folks? dont they have something else to do with thier little miserble lives?

  • hated Apr 16, 2007

    o yea lets go shopping

  • no screen name Apr 16, 2007

    hey kidding and sorry worker.... y'all wanna buy my house? I will be glad to move away from it if you do. That way you can have a house RIGHT by Wal mart!

  • no screen name Apr 16, 2007

    heys murace -at- aol -dot- com

    the Super Target has already been built and has been open a while. It is at Widewaters Commons about 3/4 mile from that spot and almost right across from the proposed Wally World