No evidence company ‘forced’ into annexation request
There’s no evidence available to support Food Lion’s claim that Union County Public Works told them to request annexation into Waxhaw, in exchange for water and sewer. Company officials stated during the period before they purchased 33.68 acres at 4116 Waxhaw Marvin Road, the county told them any commercial water and sewer would have to come through the “allotment” given to the town.
“Public Works does not give allocation of capacity to municipalities and would never require annexation into a municipality as a condition to provide service,” Union County Public Information Officer Brett Vines said.
A review of minutes from county commission meetings supports the county’s position, as commissioners haven’t even discussed allocating water or sewer to towns for more than a year. In 2010, the towns of Fairview, Mineral Springs and Stallings approached the county, asking the board to consider granting a portion of the available utilities to towns for specific projects, but that never came to a vote.
Additionally, no emails could be found with Public Works officials stating annexation was a requirement. Food Lion officials were unable to produce the original email they said came from Union County Public Works. Instead, there was a series of questions and answers, cut and pasted from multiple communications, with no signature.
Earlier this month, Waxhaw commissioners zoned the property as residential. Food Lion officials said they have no plans at this time to ask for a commercial rezoning.