New stores are popping up regularly in Bermuda Run, and in Mocksville. But in rural Davie? Not so much.
That’s changing, as county commissioners approved a rezoning that could lead to a Dollar General store opening on NC 801 just off US 601 North in northwestern Davie County.
The board approved rezoning of 2.45 acres from residential and highway business to neighborhood business after a public hearing in which several residents of the neighborhood spoke.
George Barnes of Glandon Forest Equity, which had requested the rezoning, said he wasn’t at liberty to say what business is being considered for the site, but said only one was being considered, a “retailer with basic and general household items” such as a Dollar General.
He said the company will try to be a good neighbor, and keep lighting on the property. About eight to 10 jobs are the average for such a store, he said.
County Planner Andrew Meadwell said the board should consider all uses allowed under the zoning, not a specific use.
Several residents of the area spoke, many concerned about lighting, traffic, noise — and wanting to know more.
Meadwell said the change will mean a less intensive use of the property.
“Right now, it’s quiet,” said Cory Albright. “ A business would make me nervous. I would like to know what’s going there.”
Clayton Walker brought up the issue of lighting, noise and security systems.
“There’s better places to put a business,” he said. “We moved out to this area because it is rural. We don’t want anything out there.”
Gary Dulin said his family is “open to something new out …