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Plans proceed for new Dollar General store

by Tom Chillemi

Dollar General’s plans to build a new store in Hartfield were approved by the Middlesex Planning Commission on September 12. The 7,200 square-foot Dollar General store will be located on a 2-acre parcel zoned General Business. The site is on the eastern corner of Route 33 and Wood Brothers Road, which leads to the Hartfield trash convenience center.

The site is on the west side of Marine Electronics of Hartfield, which will share a new entrance with the proposed Dollar General.

There will be a turn lane constructed, eliminating the current entrances to Marine Electronics of Hartfield in favor of the new paved entrances to both businesses. An easement agreement still has to be worked out.

No member of the public spoke during the public hearing on the Dollar General site plan.

In another matter, following a public hearing on a special exception request to locate a sawmill/planing mill on a parcel zoned Low Density Rural (LDR) in Topping, applicant David Lee of Deltaville asked the commission to suspend consideration to give him time to talk to the neighbors who oppose the project, with hopes to “make it more satisfactory.”

The request is for a 10.5-acre parcel on Locklies Creek Road. Plans indicate the mill would be on a small section of the parcel on a private road, whose ownership is in question.

During the public hearing, James Kennon of Locklies Creek Road told the commission the area is residential. “I just don’t think it’s right for the area,” he said.

The commission voted to continue action and leave the public hearing open so the public could address a new plan. The future public hearing will be advertised.

The commission voted to recommend approval on a special exception request to locate a professional office for real estate sales on a 2-acre LDR parcel located on Route 33 about 2 miles east of Hartfield. The request is being submitted by Donna Erwin who will locate her real estate office in a building that formerly sold pianos, but has been vacant for several years.

Also at the meeting, the planners voted to have planning director Wally Horton develop a proposed zoning amendment concerning residential home occupations. The current language allows “professional occupations,” such as doctors, attorneys and hairdressers, but does not mention businesses that have evolved from the internet. The commission’s ordinance review committee will meet publicly on Friday, October 18, at 10 a.m. Call 758-3382 for information.

In another matter, the planners recommended approval of a special exception request to locate more than one principal residential structure on an individual 3.3-acre parcel of land. The request is submitted by David Mitchell and the parcel is on Route 17 in Church View. Mitchell said his elderly parents need care.

The request now goes to county supervisors for their consideration.

posted 09.25.2013

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