A Dollar General store for the Turbeville community is one step closer to reality following Tuesday’s meeting of the Halifax County Planning Commission, when commissioners unanimously recommended the county board of supervisors approve a conditional use application to allow the store.
The proposed Dollar General store would include 9,100 square feet, and it would be located one-tenth of a mile north of the intersection of Turbeville Road and Melon Road, on land owned by Hilton Hudson (PHC, LLC).
Five residents spoke in favor of the conditional use application, telling planners that the store has been needed in that area for a long time, according to Detrick Easley, Halifax County planning and zoning administrator.
Another county resident, Matt Gosney, approached planners and asked them to consider a different design much more in line with an old-fashioned country store and not the usual Dollar General store, like the one planned for Turbeville.
A store such as the one Gosney suggested would cost too much money to build, a Dollar General representative said at Tuesday’s meeting.
That particular store layout would cost too much, and then it wouldn’t even come here, the Dollar General representative told Gosney.
“It was an old country-looking store, but it was built in a historical area,” Easley explained.
The Turbeville Dollar General will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and employ from six to eight persons, according to the planning and zoning administrator.
Planners considered two other items during public hearings held on Tuesday, neither of which produced speakers for or against the proposed changes to county code.
Planners recommended a review of the requirement calling for one parking space for each 100 square feet of retail floor space in buildings.
Under current code, a business like the Dollar General proposed for Turbeville would require 91 spaces, something Easley terms as entirely too much for a Dollar General store.
Easley proposed decreasing the number of parking spaces per square foot of retail spaces called for in county code, from 100 to one per 300 square feet of retail space.
That would reduce the exterior footprint of the business and make it more affordable for businesses to locate in Halifax County, according to Easley.
The other public hearing held Tuesday was on an amendment to Chapter 47 of Halifax County Code requiring an affidavit confirming familial status to ensure that the only subdivisions for bona fide family members qualify as family subdivisions under the subdivision ordinance.
No one spoke either for or against the proposed ordinance amendment, and planners unanimously recommended approval of the amendment following the public hearing.
Next, the Halifax County Board of Supervisors will hold hearings on these matters at its March 4 meeting before taking any action on the planners’ recommendations.