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Ascension Zoning Commission, by a 5-1 vote with Commissioner Dwayne Bailey absent, recommended approval of Dorsey Development’s application to rezone 2.76 acres of Rural-zoned property to Mixed Used Corridor on Monday. Wedged in the corner formed by Hwy 30 and Kansas City Southern railroad (see above) just east of Gonzales’ city limits, the applicant intends to lease the acreage to Dollar General…yes, another Dollar General. Since property can only be rezoned by ordinance, the ultimate decision is left to Ascension’s Parish Council.
“We have a lease signed with Dollar General,” explained Dorsey Development’s Greg Bivin. “We’re a preferred developer for them so we are fully committed (with) a binding agreement to build this store.”
Dorsey Development has a purchase agreement with the current property owner, Britco LC.
Assuming the Council follows the Commission’s recommendation, and that of Planning Staff which also recommended approval, the property owner is not legally bound to build a Dollar General or any other retail store. The change opens up a world of possibilities.
According to Staff (in Monday’s meeting packet):
Commissioner Max Nassar, who would move to recommend approval of the rezone, noted that the change “creates a quandary…
“While the current developer has good intentions of developing a Dollar Store or some facility of that type, Mixed Use allows for a lot more intense uses and some very different,” he explained. “So, once it’s rezoned, then that property becomes available for those types of uses.”
What types of uses are those? Mixed Use allows;
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