DG plans approved for Hwy. 22

Published 11:18 am Wednesday, November 14, 2018

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Senior Staff Writer

The Clanton Planning Commission approved the architecture drawings for the Dollar General planned for Highway 22 near Gray Street during a meeting on Nov. 14.

Building inspector Gene Martin asked it the location of the dumpster, which will be picked up by the city garbage pickup, would cause conflict with deliveries to the store since it is in the same area.

“I don’t think they’ve ever had a problem,” Alyssa Carter of The Broadway Group said.

The Broadway Group is building the structure and will then lease it to Dollar General.

Plans for the front of the building call for it to be imitation brick and Hardie board.

A rezoning request has been approved by the Clanton City Council.

The company still has some things it is working out with ALDOT before construction can begin.

At a previous meeting, Carter said access to the building would be off of Gray Street with the potential for widening the street. At the Nov. 14 meeting, Carter said the current plan for Gray Street would only impact the right-of-way, not private property. ALDOT has told the company a designated turn lane would not be needed, according to Martin.

The Planning Commission denied plans for a building for Peach Tree Automotive until the plans include a fire sprinkler system in the bay used for oil changes.

“We finally found everything that was needed on the set of drawings that got the architectural stamp … but at the last minute a determination was made on there that the fire sprinkler system plan did not match the building layout,” Martin said. “It left out the oil changing bay.”

Martin said he had contacted the sprinkler company and the architect about the issue.

Martin said according to the local and state fire marshals, the proposed fire sprinkler system for the building does not meet current fire codes.

No one representing Peach Tree Automotive was at the meeting.

Proposed changes to the city’s ordinance regarding mobile homes and trailers are expected to be discussed at a later meeting. Martin said there are only two zones, R-4 Residential and M-H-1 Manufactured Home Park District, where the structures are permitted. However, mobile homes and trailers are permitted in some commercial and other residential and agriculture districts depending on special circumstances and dimensions. Any proposed changes would be to further restrict the requirements to obtain approval to locate a trailer or mobile home in any district other than R-4 and M-H-1.

Martin said he was also planning to bring some proposed changes to prohibit tiny homes, which are very compact and are often prefabricated or built from a kit, because they do not meet requirements “to be sanctioned as livable quarters.”