CONYERS -- The Rockdale County Board of Commissioners approved a rezoning request that will pave the way for a Dollar General to be constructed on Ga. Highway 138 South near Ebenezer Road.
The property is located at 1457 Ga. Highway 138 S., adjacent to Conyers Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Marshall Walker, director of Planning and Development with Rockdale County, said the property is proposed to be a Dollar General.
Discovery Development Inc. based in Duluth applied for an amendment to the county's Comprehensive Land Use Plan to change the 1.75 acres from office-professional to commercial usage.
The county's Planning Department recommended instead the Land Use Plan be amended to neighborhood commercial.
Walker explained that neighborhood commercial is a land use that allows for retail that primarily serves the surrounding neighborhoods versus the more general commercial usage that would also allow for larger retail establishments designed to reach a more regional customer base.
In addition to the land use amendment, Discovery Development also asked to rezone the property from office-professional to C-1 zoning.
The Board of Commissioners voted 2-1 during its regular meeting Tuesday to approve the land use amendment as recommended by planning staff and the rezoning request.
Commissioner Oz Nesbitt said he supported the development to the area, which would provide much-needed jobs.
On the other hand, Commissioner JaNice Van Ness voted against the measures. She expressed concern that retail development along this stretch of Ga. 138 would only worsen traffic congestion.
"It is poor judgment, in my opinion, to continue to approve commercial uses for areas that cannot accommodate increased traffic flow," Van Ness said.
Van Ness said that visibility along that area is poor and traffic is already an issue due to the road width changing from two lanes to four lanes and back to two lanes in a relatively short distance.
Walker said it was his understanding that a deceleration lane would be required for entry into the retail establishment, but the Georgia Department of Transportation would be responsible for implementing any such traffic controls since the property is located on a state highway.