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Wednesday, 10 May 2017 14:07

Public hearing slated for new Publix site

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Although speculation has been rife over the past year, plans for a Publix grocery store in Waynesville have finally been revealed in advance of an upcoming zoning hearing.

The public hearing will concern properties near the intersection of Russ Avenue and Frazier Street, which could be rezoned from Russ Avenue Regional Center Commercial District (RA-RC) to Russ Avenue Regional Center Commercial District Conditional District (RA-RC-CD) in order to better accommodate the 50,000 square-foot store, which would be located on the northwest corner.

In North Carolina, laws specifying uniformity for buildings throughout zoning districts make conditions placed upon rezoning unenforceable, but property owners — like at the Ingles grocery store in Hazelwood — can request a new zoning district with conditional uses that can be thought of an “overlay,” according to town Development Services Director Elizabeth Teague. 

The public is invited to learn more about the request and weigh in on the proposal at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, May 15, in the Town Hall Board Room, which is located at 9 South Main Street.

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