Bella Vista Petition Push Gathers 3,780 Signatures

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The Citizens for Responsible Development delivered Tuesday on an earlier promise to collect and provide more than 3,000 signatures in an attempt to reverse a city zoning decision that will allow construction of a Walmart Neighborhood Market.

The new store is planned for construction in what will be a larger new commercial development area at Oldham Drive and U.S. 71. More than 2,600 people signed a petition asking the board to not rezone the residential road, but a 6 to 1 vote by the Bella Vista Board cleared the way for the project.

Tony LiCausi, a spokesman for the group, sought out legal help from the Slinkard Law Firm in Rogers to draw up this petition for referendum. Harry “Butch” Newby, a retired lawyer and former city attorney in Minnesota who moved to Bella Vista in 1985, has also  pushed the effort. Click here to read the full story from our partners at

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