Planning commission denies Dollar General rezoning request

White County Planning Commission (Dean Dyer/WRWH Radio)

Residents in the Ed Lewis Road area of White County appear to have prevailed in their efforts to prevent a Dollar General store from being built in their neighborhood. On Monday night, the White County Planning Commission voted 5-1 to deny the developer’s zoning request for the store at the intersection of Highway 115 West and Ed Lewis Road.

Several of the same residents who attended last week’s public hearing on this issue attended the April 1 meeting. Charlie Stewart, a representative of the company that planned to build the store, was also present when the board voted on the measure.

Planning Commission Board member Brad Ash made the motion to recommend to the White County Commission that the change be denied. The motion was seconded by Donna K. Burke.

Ash said he made the motion to preserve the integrity of the residential neighborhood. Burke agreed.

“I think the location of it and the neighborhood is not a good fit,” she said.

R.K. Ackerman was the lone dissenting vote.

Following the vote, six area residents addressed the board and thanked them for their actions.

The White County Board of Commissioners will have the final say on this issue. The rezoning is expected to be on the commission agenda at the April 29 meeting. The meeting is set for 4:30 p.m. at the White County Administration Building, 1235 Helen Highway in Cleveland.

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