Among those residents who attended last Monday’s (Dec. 7) Town Meeting, there were several who expressed opposition to a local Dollar General. According to the retail chain store’s website, Dollar General has 12,000 stores in 43 states. There are 147 stores in California with more locations being planned.
Eric Coyne, special projects manager with the Tulare County Resource Management Agency’s Planning Division, reassured those in attendance that “no specific plan for a Dollar General in Three Rivers has been proposed.”
The company is currently proceeding with new locations in the Tulare County communities Orosi and Springville. Dollar General’s nearest location in Woodlake opened in 2014.
At Wednesday’s Tulare County Planning Commission meeting, commissioners unanimously recommended a zoning change to the Board of Supervisors for the Poplar-Cotton area on a 1.39-acre parcel in order to accommodate the 10th Dollar General location in Tulare County.
Michael Washam, assistant director of RMA planning and economic development, said Poplar residents have been supportive of Dollar General coming because currently the community has no grocery store. The applicant acting on behalf of Dollar General was Embree Asset Group.
“If Dollar General does plan on a Three Rivers location, their agents will be asked to answer questions and concerns at a town meeting so the community can become involved with the process,” Coyne said.
Coyne used the discussion about Dollar General as a backdrop to report the timetable for completing the Three Rivers Community Plan. Next up (December 14) on the agenda for the regular community plan meeting, held the second Monday of each month at the Three Rivers Arts Center, are the topics of a Land Use Plan and Transportation and Circulation Plan update.
Land use is a broad topic basically addressing what type and where future development should occur. Most residents agree that a transportation plan is needed that includes a transit center. What is difficult to agree upon is where such a center should be located and how it would be maintained.
Those interested in any of the plan’s remaining topics should attend one or all of the meetings during the next five months.