The Jackson County Planning Commission on Thursday voted to recommend changes in the county zoning map to allow a Hispanic church to move into the former Dollar General property on U.S. 441 in Center, but not before several Nicholson residents expressed their concerns about the prospect potentially adversely impacting their neighborhood.
Resident Terry Archer brought up an issue with the noise level coming from children who belong to the church.
Some asked whether the building could be turned into a strip joint if the church plans don’t materialize, but further discussion led to the realization that the abandoned property could be turned into a strip joint as it stands today, minus the church plans.
The vacant Dollar General building sits on a 1.006-acre lot at 9434 Commerce Hwy., and is currently zoned commercial. The request, however, is not changing zoning, it is only changing future land use. Map amendment changes differ from zoning amendment changes.
Angela Scarborough said she lives close to Clarke County and residents “have seen so much development and changes in (Jackson) County.”
“We have had to be very vigilant that we know what’s going on to it. We’re not saying we’re opposing anything. Usually when you have a church, they are either canvassing the neighborhood or are already meeting there, so we are wondering what’s going on. That’s why we’re concerned. Is this a church or a guise? What are we dealing with over there?”
For the full story, see the March 5 issue of The Jackson Herald.