BY KARISSA MILLER

The Iredell County Board of Commissioners are set to vote Tuesday on a controversial rezoning request that would allow for the construction of a Dollar General store.

Commissioners will first hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. inside the commissioners’ meeting room of Iredell County Government Center, 200 S. Center Street, Statesville.

The public hearing is for consideration of the rezoning of a property at the corner of Ostwalt Amity and Bethesda Road, where Teramore Development plans to build the Dollar General store if commissioners approve the request to rezone the 1.69-acre parcel.

The Planning Board voted 7-1 against changing the zoning from Residential Agricultural to Neighborhood Business Conditional District.

According to county documents, numerous residents have written letters in opposition, and they were provided to the board.

Meanwhile, the planning office received eight phone calls in favor of the request.

The rezoning request, a contentious one, was initially made during the July 2019 meeting. During the meeting, a number of residents spoke out in opposition of the land use. The landowners who opposed it cited increased traffic flow, potential crime and environmental concerns.

Planning Board members voted to recommend denial of the rezoning request at that time.

Due to the restrictions with COVID-19, the meeting is on broadcast on Spectrum 1306 and available via live stream on the Iredell County website. Comments can be emailed to publiccomment@co.iredell.nc.us before or until 24 hours after the public hearing has concluded.

OTHER BUSINESS

During the regular meeting, commissioners will also:

• Present a plaque of recognition to county retiree Stephen Snow.

• Consider a request from Iredell-Statesville Schools for approval of advancement of using bond proceeds for the new high school, capital project ordinance and the 2014 reserve bond proceeds priorities.

• Consider a request from the Fire Tax Oversight for a budget amendment of $107,070 from the countywide fire tax district fund balance to Monticello Volunteer Fire Department to pay off land purchased for a future fire station.

• Consider a request from the Fire Tax Oversight to approve a budget amendment of $200,000 from the Countywide fire tax district fund balance to West Iredell Volunteer Fire Department to purchase land for a future fire station.

• Consider a request from Emergency Communications to proclaim April 2021 as National 911 Education Month and April 11-17, 2021 as National Telecommunicator Week.

• Consider a request from the Health Department to proclaim April 5-11, 2021 as Public Health Week.

• Consider a request from Iredell Library to apply for a COVID-19 response mini-grant from the State Library of North Carolina.

• Consider a request from Parks and Recreation for approval to nominate East Iredell Lions Club for the Lowe’s Hometown Grant program.

• Consider a request from Building Standards for a sole-source award and approval of contract to acquire Tyler Technologies ENERGOV software solution.

2 thoughts on “Iredell commissioners to consider controversial rezoning request for planned Dollar General store

  1. Did anyone other than local residents know about this? If people don’t know about these meetings and votes, how can we contact the planning office or commissioners to let them know we approve of building a new Dollar General?

  2. Betty Riddle says:

    I don’t really know the area that you’re discussing rezoning for Dollar General store, but does Iredell County seriously need another cheap merchandise store?

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