A new Dollar General location will be up for consideration by the Bulloch County Planning & Zoning Commission at the next meeting on January 13.
Eagle Creek Investments, Inc. and Teramore Development, LLC submitted an application to rezone 13.14 acres from R25 (Residential 25,000 sq. ft.) to GC (General Commercial) for the construction and operation of a Dollar General store.
Eagle Creek Investments, Inc., formed in 2016, is registered to Timothy Hunt based on Statesboro, according to the Georgia Secretary of State’s website. Teramore Development, LLC has long partnered with Dollar General on projects across the region.
The Bulloch County Departmental Review of the application submitted the following findings to the P&Z commission to consider:
- Land Use Planning Impact – NEUTRAL
- Fiscal and Economic Impact – NEUTRAL
- no significant impact upon the tax base
- Values for adjacent properties may not necessarily be enhanced by the proposed development unless aesthetic restrictions are required, and, if enforcement of governmental land use and property maintenance regulations is applied.
- School Impact – POSITIVE
- no impact projected
- Water/Sewer Impact – NEGATIVE
- Soils located on the parcel are poor. A private well and private septic system will be required for service.
- Solid Waste Impact – NEUTRAL
- Commercial collection services would be required. The nearest county existing solid waste convenience center is at Langston Chapel Road, however, it is not practice for generated waste.
- There is no waste generation estimate determined for this project.
- Environmental Impact – NEGATIVE
- Conditions for stormwater control are recommended, if application is approved. The drainage basin is listed as Lotts Creek and wetland areas are located on the parcel and adjacent parcels. The impervious surface ratio is estimated at 10%, therefore increasing stormwater runoff.
- Transportation Impact – NEUTRAL
- ITE Trip Generation rate is 565 trips (with a 50/50 split for those entering and exiting). All current and nearby intersections are substandard for this level of proposed development. Utilization of the existing roundabout on Langston Chapel would best serve the parcel and lessen the transportation financial impact to the county. Internal circulation is insufficient for emergency vehicles.
- Emergency Service Impact – NEUTRAL
- Response time is likely to be adequate for law enforcement, fire, and EMS-rescue. No provisions for fire hydrants proffered or sustainable.
- Parks Impact – POSITIVE
- No impact expected.
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Staff ultimately recommended that, in the event the commission approve the application, the following conditions be attached:
- Use of brick, brick veneer, stone, or stone veneer for building materials. Metal is prohibited as a primary or secondary building material.
- Building entrance shall provide pedestrian cover from outside elements
- Prohibition of a flat unarticulated wall with just windows and doors serving as voids is prohibited
- Flat roofs shall have a parapet wall be defined with discernable cornice lines
- A minimum of 20% of facades visible from a public street shall consist of window (real or faux) and door openings
- All ground mounted mechanical, HVAC, and like systems shall be obscured from view on from any public street or adjoining properties
- Except for junction boxes, meters, and existing overhead utility lines, all other utility lines shall be underground
- Satellite dishes, if used, shall be located and painted to blend with the background as much as practice
- No roof mounted flags, drive through windows, or cart storage outside. Outside merchandise displays are limited to vending for ice, videos, propane, and general merchandise
- One multi-faced sign will be permitted on Langston Chapel
- Billboards, animated signs, roof signs, electronic signs, banners, balloons, and flags are prohibited
- All access areas must be paved
- Loading areas shall have concrete pads
- All parking lots must have concrete curbing along the perimeter with landscaped parking islands at the end of the rows
- Dumpsters must be screened from public view.
- All outdoor lighting fixtures must be recessed and not produce glare or nuisance to drivers
- Parking lot polls may not exceed 20 feet in height
- Roof mounted lighting or backlit awnings are prohibited
- A 25-foot wide buffer and visual screening on the eastern boundary is required
- Langston Chapel frontage shall be landscaped with a dense mix of trees, medium height shrubbery, sodding to soften the visual effect
- Shrubs are to be provided at the rate of 3 shrubs for every 10 linear feet of street frontage and must be at least 18 inches tall
- Prior to issuance of a certificate of occupancy, a maintenance surety in the form of a letter of credit or cash escrow account in a form accepted to the zoning official is required for all plant materials
- All landscaping must be installed prior to certificate of occupancy
You can read the full application and departmental review at the bottom of the article.
The Zoning Commission will consider the presentations and any public input before taking a vote. The vote will be presented to the full Board of Commissioners for their consideration regardless of whether or not P&Z recommends approval.
The P&Z meeting is scheduled for January 13, 2022 at 6:00 P.M. at the North Main Annex Community Room. The meeting is open to the public. Those wishing to speak in favor or against the measure should sign up to speak by 5:00 P.M. on January 13. Contact the Bulloch County Board of Commissioners for more details on the sign up process.