White County Planning Commission Board

(Cleveland)- The residents of Ed Lewis Road in White County prevailed in their efforts to oppose having a Dollar General Store built in their neighborhood at the intersection of Highway 115 West and Ed Lewis Road.

Several of the same citizens who attended last week’s White County Planning Commission public hearing on this issue attended Monday night’s meeting where the commission voted 5-1 to deny a zoning change that would have allowed for the store to be built.

Charlie Stewart, a representative with the company that planned to build the store was also present as the board voted on the measure.

Board member Brad Ash made the motion to send a recommendation to the White County Commission Board to deny the change. The motion was seconded by Donna K. Burke.

Ash said he made the motion in order to preserve the integrity of the residential neighborhood, Burke commented “ I think the location of it and the neighborhood is not a good fit.”

R.K. Ackerman voted no for the motion.

Following the vote six area residents addressed the board and thanked them for their action.

The White County Board of Commissioners will have the final say on this issue. The commissioners are expected to have the item on their April 29th meeting agenda which begins at 4:30 PM.