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County approves fourth Dollar General
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Another Dollar General is coming to Dawsonville after a rezoning request was approved by the board of commissioners in a unanimous vote last week.

The Dec. 13 approval will allow developers to build the 9,100 square foot store where Hwy. 183 meets Hwy. 136, near Afton Road. The property is 5.25 acres and was rezoned from residential
agricultural to commercial community business.

The store will be the fourth currently operating Dollar General in Dawson County.

The rezoning application, filed by Hibbymo Properties and Emma, LLC. in October, was approved by the board in part because the land is situated near a dilapidated Texaco station and convenience store, which is already zoned for commercial business.

The land is otherwise surrounded by residences, the property and is currently owned by Kenneth Stephens.

The application came before the planning commission in November, where the board voted to recommend that the county commissioners approve it, so long as the Georgia Department of Transportation also approved commercial driveway access.

When the board of commissioners heard the application, District 1 Commissioner Sharon Fausett had many concerns, including the building's color scheme, signage, negotiations with neighbors and the developer's communication with the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Bobby Howard, who was representing the company, assured her that the corporation uses new color schemes, grayish browns on their buildings to fit in better with rural settings. The signs will have to be yellow, but will not be large signs in accordance with county codes. He also assured her he was working with the neighbors and in contact with the GDOT.

In the end Fausett motioned to approve the rezoning, and it was carried unanimously.
"I felt that all of my questions were answered," Fausett said later. "I knew that a lot of people were for it because we have to drive forever back here where I live to get groceries. But at least people won't have to drive so far to get milk or bread. The existing commercial property also factored into my decision."

Now the developers can submit their plans and build on the property, as long as they follow the building guidelines required by a commercial community business zoning.

According to Planning Director Jason Streetman, the same developers who are planning the Dollar General on Hwy. 136 have also mentioned that they are looking at a property on the corner of Harmony Church Road and Nix Bridge Road across from fire station No. 3.

The 3.24 acre property is currently zoned for commercial highway business. According to Streetman, no plans or applications have been submitted for building on that property.

"The people with Emma LLC. have mentioned that they were looking at that location, but it was just a conversation," Streetman said.

In other business:
The commission denied a rezoning request for boat and mini storage located on Price Road off Hwy. 136 near Toto Creek Park in Dawsonville. The application from Jerry Fouts was turned down in a unanimous vote. District 3 Commissioner Jimmy Hamby said that the board denied the request because there were too many unresolved problems with the plans and disputes with adjacent property owners that could not be solved even if the application was tabled until February, as a representative for Fouts requested.
An alcohol license for Hacienda Bar and Grill, LLC. was approved by the board in an unanimous vote. The restaurant's opening was pending the approval of the license. The Mexican restaurant will be located in the new Publix shopping center, Dawson Crossroads, on Ga. 400.
The commission indefinitely tabled the appointment of Mike Ball as a member of the Dawson County Industrial Building Authority Board for a term running through Dec. 2018. Ball is replacing Tom Alexander, who was serving on the board when he died in September. The industrial building authority board members also belong to the Dawson County Development Authority, which was defunded by the commission in November.