CHIPLEY — The Chipley Planning & Zoning Commission approved the development order request for the new Dollar General store on Thursday after reviewing drainage plans for the proposed site.
The approval is contingent upon Teramore Development, the company behind the construction of the new 12,708 square-foot Dollar General store, receiving required permits and approvals from the Department of Transportation, Department of Environmental Protection and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The development order will move on to the City Council for final approval on March 12. The council is also scheduled to hear the final reading of the ordinance abandoning the easements for the construction, as well.
Engineer Brent Bedini of Alday-Howell Engineering was on hand to answer questions for the planning commissioners.
The site of the new store will be 2.67 acres on the north side U.S. 90, about 1,500 feet east of the intersection of Main Street and U.S. 90, on land currently owned by Perry E. and Hester L. Wells and Jayanti and Daska Patel.
Teramore Development has a commercial contract with the current property owners to purchase the site, according to a letter of intent from Alday-Howell Engineering, signed by Iris Kirkland.
“The proposed site will have approximately 39,000 square feet of impervious area and 2,400 square feet of landscaped area,” according to the letter.
“The site will have about 33 percent impervious area,” Bedini said. Standards allow up to 80 percent impervious area, he noted.
There will also be land left undeveloped behind the store which serves as wetland, Bedini said.
“Did you go out and look at the land after the big rain?” Commissioner Barbara James asked Bedini. He said he had went out to the site following last week’s rains.
“Me too,” James said. “I went on Saturday and it was really wet.”
The project is currently under review for permitting by the Northwest Florida Water Management District for wetland impacts, according to the letter of intent.
“On-site parking, landscaping, sewer and water connections and stormwater management have been designed to meet local, state and federal regulations.”
The proposed development will also increase Ad Valorem taxes for the city and create local jobs, City Planner David Pettis told the commissioners.