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Hearing set on proposed store
Rezoning would allow Dollar General to open in Sanville
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
By BEN R. WILLIAMS - Bulletin Staff Writer
The Henry County Planning Commission on Wednesday will hold a public hearing regarding a proposed Dollar General store to be built across the road from Sanville Elementary School.
The public hearing will take place at 6 p.m. in the Summerlin Meeting Room at the Henry County Administration Building.
The proposed site of the store is 3874 Stones Dairy Road, Bassett.
PAR 3 Development Group LLC, which would build the store, applied for a neighborhood commercial B-2 rezoning request to allow for retail sales on the property. It also requested a special use permit that would allow the building to exceed the 2,000-square-foot regulation for B-2 retail property. The proposed building would be 9,100 square feet.
Lee Clark, Henry County director of planning, zoning and inspections, said he advised the group to apply for neighborhood commercial B-2 zoning rather than commercial B-1 as the latter potentially would have opened the doors for “the highest and most intense commercial uses” in the area; for example, auto repair garages.
Neighborhood commercial B-2 zoning, Clark said, allows for lighter development than does commercial B-1 zoning, which allows for heavier commercial development.
By applying for neighborhood commercial B-2 zoning, Clark said, “it eliminates the possibility of uses that might not fit in that area.”
However, he said, because B-2 zoning retail buildings are restricted to 2,000 square feet, PAR 3 also had to request the special use permit to allow it to construct a 9,100-square-foot Dollar General retail building.
According to documents provided by the planning commission, Michael Lynch with Engineering Concepts Inc., the engineering firm working for the developer PAR 3, said that “Dollar General has identified this corridor along Stones Dairy Road as being a location to provide retail to the citizens living in this area. The development will be designed such that the parking lot and building will blend in with the existing homes and businesses along this corridor.”
According to the planning commission documents, the property currently contains a dilapidated house built in 1901 and a detached building, both of which will be razed by PAR 3 if the rezoning request is granted.
If the planning commission approves the requests, the requests would be passed on to the Henry County Board of Supervisors, which would vote on the zoning request at the board’s regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 27.