DALEVILLE, Va. (WDBJ7)- The Botetourt Planning Commission voted Monday night to not recommend the approval of Sheetz's rezoning application to the board of supervisors.
The gas and convenience store chain Sheetz wants to build its first location in Botetourt County, at the intersection of Route 220 and Catawba Road.
In the rezoning application, Sheetz promises it believes "this project would ultimately revitalize an important intersection in the county and provide immediate jobs, increase land value and tax direct revenue."
The 4-1 denial vote was made following a more than three-hour-long meeting at the Greenfield Education Center in Daleville.
It was standing room only at the meeting with several more people standing in the hallway anxious to hear the commission's decision.
Following a presentation by Sheetz representatives, dozens of residents and business owners gave their opinions regarding the application.
Dozens of residents and business owners stood up to give the planning commission their opinions.
Some spoke in favor of Sheetz, but the majority spoke against the idea.
When the commission voted down the recommendation, the crowd erupted in applause.
However, not everyone was cheering, like Richard Pauley.
"I'm not surprised," he said of the decision.
Pauley owns the land the shopping center sits on that Sheetz wants to buy.
"I don't think it's the Sheetz at all, I think it's oh we don't want that in our backyard."
But the planning commission doesn't get the final say, the board of supervisors will also vote on the issue.
"It remains to be seen. I think the board of supervisors has a little bit different of a responsibility."
The board of supervisors will meet next on November 28 at 6 in the evening.
The meeting will be held at the Greenfield Education Center.