A new development proposal is stirring up some conversation. The plan? A new Dollar General store. But before it can be built, the developers need something called a ‘conditional use’ approval. Let’s break down what that means and why it might matter to us.
A ‘conditional use’ approval is required for certain types of developments in certain areas. In this case, because the proposed Dollar General store is quite large and located in the Neighborhood Commercial District, the city needs to make sure it fits with the local area and won’t cause any major disruptions.
One of the main concerns with a development of this size is traffic. More shoppers mean more cars, and that could lead to congestion. However, a traffic study was conducted and found that the new store wouldn’t require any additional transportation improvements. That’s good news for those of us who already deal with busy roads.
Another part of the ‘conditional use’ approval process is community involvement. A meeting was held to give local residents a chance to voice any concerns or ask questions. While only one person attended, the opportunity was there for community input.
The City Council also has the power to add any extra conditions to make sure the store operates safely and fits in with its surroundings. This could include things like extra landscaping, specific operating hours, rules about deliveries, or adding turn lanes to negate the impact of additional traffic. The City Council could also require the store to have an aesthetic design that matches the neighborhood, and not just be a metal box.
The store is planned to occupy a gross floor area of approximately 10,640 square feet, with a sales floor area of 8,513 square feet. The location for this new retail outlet is a 5.32-acre vacant unimproved property, conveniently located west of the intersection of De Groodt Rd SW and St. Andre Blvd SW.
The proposal, however, is subject to certain conditions. The Neighborhood Commercial District, requires a Conditional Use for retail stores and similar uses occupying more than 5,000 square feet of gross floor area. This Conditional Use is subject to General Requirements and Conditions, ensuring that the proposed store aligns with the city's regulations and standards.
While some might see the new Dollar General as a convenient place to shop, others might worry about the impact on local businesses or the character of the neighborhood. It’s a balance, and that’s why the ‘conditional use’ approval process is so important.
The proposal is now with the City Council for approval. They will make their decision this Thursday, May 18th, 2023. As we wait for their verdict, it’s clear that this new development could bring changes to our community. Whether you see those changes as positive or negative might depend on your perspective. But one thing’s for sure - it’s a topic worth talking about.
Considering there is one about 2 miles north at San fillipo and Eldron this redundant and not needed. City council says come on impact fees permits and taxes.
This conditional use needs not to be approved. This will be detrimental to the area and value to our homes.