ARCADE leaders have approved the rezone of 1.3 acres on Hwy. 82 South for a proposed Dollar General along with two variances, including a provision for wall pack lights originally denied by the city’s planning commission.
That variance passed 4-1 with council member Ron Smith casting the lone “no” vote during Monday night’s city council meeting.
Just last Tuesday, the city’s planning commission voted against this exception for wall pack lighting at the exterior of the building at the recommendation of the city planning staff, which feared it would add to the “light noise” of the area.
All other votes regarding the proposed Dollar General property passed through the city council unanimously.
The rezone of this already-commercial parcel asks for a special use for the construction of a 9,100 square-foot building. But it does come with conditions.
Those conditions include requiring that all four facades be brick with stucco parapet, allowing interparcel access with the adjoining Peace Place parking area, granting a 30-foot access easement with another parcel of land and providing a five-foot sidewalk along Hwy. 82.
The other variance request attached to the rezone allows the developers of the project to waive a requirement for a natural buffer of 10 feet between this property and an agricultural parcel of land adjacent to the property.