On Oct. 1, the Meade County Planning and Zoning Commission voted to approve the rezoning of a two-acre piece of land at the corner of Midway Road and Payneville Road for the purpose of construction a Dollar General Store.
Kenneth Hardesty, the owner of the property, said that this was something he had been working on for a couple of years, and that he’d had several people approach him and ask him to help bring something similar to the area.
“I’ve had a lot of people come to me because there’s nothing down there,” said Hardesty at the meeting. “There’s a small store in Andyville, but there’s nothing in Payneville.”
Will McDonough, from Paul Primavera and Associates in Corydon, is the applicant for the rezoning. He said that the store will employee between six and 10 individuals, and that, weather permitting, construction would be completed in four to six months following approval.
Meade County currently has six Dollar General stores and two Family Dollar stores. Planning and Zoning Administrator Karen Goodin said that these stores are mainly east of Highway 313.
Several members of the public were present to either voice their support or disapproval regarding the rezoning.
Ethan Mattingly was opposed to the rezoning. He said that he didn’t feel the rezoning aligned with the Comprehensive Plan.
“There’s nothing unique about Dollar General,” said Mattingly. “And, in the Comprehensive Plan, it says we want to avoid becoming ‘Anywhere USA.’ I can tell you, if you want to find a Dollar General, go anywhere else in the USA.”
However, other citizens were in support of the rezoning, saying that it would be a great resource for those that live in the Payneville area. Those in support argued that they were forced to drive to Brandenburg if they needed something during the night or once they got off work, and having a Dollar General in the vicinity would make things much easier for them.
Ultimately, the Planning and Zoning Commission voted to approve the rezoning. Fiscal Court will have the final approval of the rezoning at their regular meeting on Oct. 13.