Public hearing set on Dollar General store

A public hearing on Toms Brook’s proposed Dollar General store has been scheduled for next month.

The hearing will be held at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Toms Brook Volunteer Fire Department station. Depending on the turnout at the meeting, it could be moved across the street to St. Peter Lutheran Church at 3343 S. Main St. The meeting will be held jointly between the Toms Brook Planning Commission and Town Council.

Stephanie Langton, planning and zoning administrator for the town, said there will be public hearings on two items: an amendment to a zoning ordinance regarding the number of parking spaces required for commercial buildings, and an application seeking to rezone the property at 3224 S. Main St. from a residential to B1 commercial zoning classification.

Brawley Construction Co. President Allen Brawley will present at the hearing. Brawley is representing JMB Investment Co. LLC, which would own the land and the proposed 9,100-square-foot building to be leased by the Dollar General corporation.

Langton said the public hearing will consider revising the county’s zoning ordinance requiring one parking space for every 200 square feet of business floor space.

Site plans for the Main Street store call for 30 parking spaces, which is fewer than the 45 spaces required by the ordinance.

“For several reasons, and we’ll go over that at the public hearing, the county is looking to lower their number, deemed too high,” Langton said.

“All the calculations add up so that 30 [parking spaces] seems like a reasonable number,” she said.

Residents will get a short time to make comments toward the Town Council and Planning Commission about the two topics. Langton said the Planning Commission could consider them and make a recommendation to Town Council following the public hearings.

Town Council will meet  Feb. 12 and could make a decision on the two items then.

Contact staff writer Ryan Cornell at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or

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