Planners pan proposed Dollar General

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County leaders could decide later this month if another Dollar General moves into the area.

But the Planning Commission voted Wednesday to recommend that the Board of Supervisors deny a request to rezone property in the Basye area near Mount Jackson to make way for a Dollar General. Director of Community Development Bradley Polk said Thursday that all but one commissioner present voted against the rezoning after residents spoke out at the public hearing on the application. The Board of Supervisors could consider acting on the permit application at its April 25 meeting, Polk said.

The Broadway Group LLC along with property owners RL Regis Virginia LLC and Chandresh S. Mehta filed a request with the Office of Community Development to rezone two parcels totaling approximately 1.6 acres at 1460 Orkney Grade, Mount Jackson, from high-density residential to general business. The site is on the south side of Orkney Grade and The Hill Road.

The purpose of the rezoning is to build and operate a small, commercial retail store that sells a range of items.

Richard Walker, vice chairman of the Board of Supervisors and its representative on the Planning Commission, voted against the panel’s recommendation of denial of the request, Polk said. Walker represents District 3 on the Board of Supervisors.

Many people spoke during the public hearing held jointly with the Board of Supervisors on the rezoning request. Most voiced opposition to the request and expressed concerns about the proposed store’s effect on traffic, noise and the view shed from the condominiums located to the rear of the property, Polk said. An employee of the nearby Country Store also spoke against the proposed development.

Polk confirmed that the developers plan to build a Dollar General on the property. An existing house on the property would be demolished for the 9,100-square-foot retail store. A site plan filed simultaneously with the rezoning application identifies the store as a Dollar General.

If approved, this would be the county’s seventh Dollar General location with the chain already operating stores in New Market, Mount Jackson, Edinburg, Woodstock, Toms Brook and Strasburg, all along or near U.S. 11. Stores in Mount Jackson and Toms Brook opened in the past few years. The proposed store would be located almost seven miles from the existing location in Mount Jackson and two miles from Bryce Resort.

If the supervisors deny the rezoning application, the developer can still build a single-family dwelling or duplex on the property as by-right uses allowed on land zoned high-density residential. The developer could build a multi-family residential dwelling on the property, similar to the nearby condominiums, with an approved special-use permit, Polk said.

Information from the county department indicated the developer applied for an unconditional rezoning of the two parcels. The site plan conforms to the zoning and subdivision ordinance requirements. The properties lie in an area of mixed-use buildings, a gas station, convenience store, restaurant and residences.

Department officials indicate that the Comprehensive Plan promotes business and the store would help diversify the county’s tax base.

The Virginia Department of Transportation worked with the applicants to set up a plan to develop an entrance and provide safe and adequate travel on Orkney Grade. VDOT gave preliminary approval to the plans for an entrance to the proposed business.

The Broadway Group is based in Huntsville, Alabama. RL Regis Virginia LLC is based in Miami, Florida and Chandresh lists a Frederick County address on the application.

Contact staff writer Alex Bridges at 540-465-5137 ext. 125, or abridges@nvdaily.com

An earlier version of this story should have stated that the proposed location of the Dollar General lies approximately two miles from Bryce Resort.

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