Valley Falls approves rezoning for Dollar General
by Clarke Davis
A rezoning request and a variance paving the way for a Dollar General store at Valley Falls sailed through the city Planning and Zoning Commission in less than 30 minutes Feb. 7.
The development plan was laid out for the commission by Bob Gage, vice president of development services for GBT Realty Corporation, Brentwood, Tenn. GBT builds the stores that are leased to Dollar General.
Commission Chairman Jim Clulo opened two hearings, one to rezone the proposed location from light industrial to commercial and a second, to award a variance on the size of the parking lot.
Both were approved unanimously by the commission, which also listened to Gage explain the development plans that will go to the city council. The hearing was attended by five or six people and there were no objections voiced.
The location of the property is to the west of Valley Ag Inc. on the south side of K-4 highway. The development company requires direct access off the highway, which is close to the hilltop and the curve that heads southwesterly.
That request is in the hands of the state Department of Transportation and may take up to two months before a study is complete and a ruling is handed down.
Commission member Jerry Heinen questioned two things on the site plans. One was a 4-inch sewer line being extended to the business and the other was a 2-inch water line running to a fire hydrant.
In Heinen’s opinion, a 4-inch sewer line would not be large enough to serve another business lot to the west of the Dollar General site. Gage said a larger line was not in the budget and asked if there were other funds available.
The city originally spent $40,000 to help Valley Ag get sewer service to its property. Mayor Charles Stutesman was in the audience and his only remark was that it would have to go before the council.
City Administrator Chris Channell believes the additional cost won’t be more than $1,000. The increase in the size of the water line is also considered minimal.
The lot size is 1.76 acres on which they will construct a 9,100-square-foot metal building with sales area amounting to 7,195 square feet. A limited amount of landscaping will include sod and an irrigation system.
“There will be green grass,” Gage said.
He noted that Dollar General stresses cleanliness and will maintain the grounds and keep a nice appearance.
The traffice flow, based on an average of 10,000 other stores, will be about 145 cars a day with a peak of 23 cars between 4 and 6 p.m., thus the reason they wanted the parking lot size reduced from 48 spaces to 30.
The stores keep hours of 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a lighted parking lot. Gage said the lighting will not “bleed” to affect neighbors.
The other commission members are Terry Sullivan, Laura Reich, and Dean Lederer.
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