|Dollar General looks to add location on the Mountain posted on 04/01/2020|
A new Dollar General Store could appear in Welches sometime
in the next four years, following approval of the design proposal by Clackamas
County late last year.
“The development is free to move forward meeting these
conditions,” said county Senior Planner Martha Fritzie. She added the design
review process was past the appeal period which ended in December.
The addition of the Dollar General has received some
criticism from local residents who feel the county is leaving community voices
out of development decisions. Notice of the application was sent to property
owners within 300 feet of the intended development’s property lines.
“We need to change the zoning laws so that when the
community is going to be impacted there is public notice, preferably written up
in the paper,” said Meredith Sanders, a Welches resident for 16 years. “We
don’t get a say in what’s going on with development on our mountain.”
The approximately 7,500 square foot retail store will be
constructed at 70140 E. Hwy. 26 on a parcel of land zoned for Rural Tourist
Commercial (RTC) use.
Retail stores are permitted as a primary use on property
zoned RTC in the Clackamas County Zoning and Development Ordinance (ZDO).
“If the code allows for certain uses then the use is simply
permitted,” said county Senior Planner Glen Hamburg. “The area for the proposed
development has been zoned RTC for a long time.”
The future sight of the Dollar General Store is bordered to
the east and west by other RTC properties, one of which is a Subway restaurant.
The property is bordered to the south by Hoodland Park and across Hwy. 26 to
the north by properties zoned for residential use.
The application to develop the retail space for the Dollar
General Store was submitted to the county’s planning and zoning department’s
design review committee by Brad Krem of Embree Asset Group and Scott Franklin
of PacLand. Representatives from the Embree Group did not respond for a request
for comment in time for publication.
The Clackamas County website states the purpose of design
review is to “ensure developments meet the needs of the community by complying
with all applicable codes and zoning regulations.”
The design review committee determined that the design for
the retail space complied with all applicable codes and zoning regulations and
approved the plan for the store under the condition that the land use follows
plans filed with the county on Oct. 7, 2019, participate in a “post land use
transition” meeting, and submit a statement of use form to calculate applicable
System Development Charges prior to applying for building permits.
More information about the design for the new Dollar General
Store is available online at https://www.clackamas.us/planning/designreview.html.
More information about county zoning is available at
By Ben Simpson/MT