Several voice opposition to Planning Commission about Dollar General plan
Opponents of three proposed Dollar General stores in Nevada County blasted the developments at a Thursday Planning Commission meeting, a sentiment echoed by some commissioners.
Speakers decried negative aesthetics, traffic and trash effects on the three areas slated for the stores — 10166 Alta Sierra Drive, 12345 Rough and Ready Highway and 17652 Penn Valley Drive.
The commission took no action at Thursday’s meeting. The public comment was for an environmental impact report for all three stores.
That EIR is expected to reach the Planning Commission by autumn for a vote. People will get another chance to voice their opinions before the commission votes on the EIR.
The commission must certify the EIR for the development to progress.
“They’ll either put people out of business or create blight when they leave,” said Brenda Wells, one of about 30 people who attended the hearing.
Beverly Powell, of Alta Sierra, said the store near her wouldn’t blend into the small, rural neighborhood. Many others expressed the same sentiments.
“This store would be an aesthetic blight in this neighborhood,” said Jennifer Roberts, talking about the Rough and Ready store.
Richard Chandler said a similar, existing store was a 10-minute drive from his home. He can buy anything he needs from that business.
“I think this whole thing is terrible,” he said. “It’s a beautiful area and I’d sure like to keep it that way.”
Only one person spoke in favor of the Dollar General development.
“In my case, it’ll save me from a trip to Yuba City once a week,” Ron Skews said.
Some commissioners sided with the stores’ opponents.
Commissioner Ruth Poulter said the community didn’t need another three stores. Commissioner Ed James said the stores resembled amoebas.
“First there’s one, then there’s two, then there’s four,” he added.
Commissioner Paul Aguilar also had concerns.
“I am concerned about the aesthetics,” he said. “I’m very concerned about the noise.”
To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-477-4239.
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