Coarsegold Dollar General heads to potential approval

The Madera County Planning Commission could next week approve a Dollar General store in Coarsegold, after it reviews traffic impacts of the proposed location at the northeast corner of Highway 41 and Road 417.

The commission will meet 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, at the county’s government center, located at 200 W. 4th Street in Madera. A time will be provided for public comment.

The proposed 9,100 square-foot discount store came under public fire in March. Five letters denounced its location for the potential of added congestion, particularly towards residents in nearby Indian Lakes and the area’s fire station. That caused the commission to direct staff to further review any traffic issues before it could return for discussion.

Along with those studies, 33 Conditions of Approval are required of the store, including a left-hand turning lane on Road 417 to enter its proposed 30-space parking lot, additions to meet state codes for fire safety, and a full landscaping and irrigation plan.

The store, if built, will have an estimated 100 or more customers a day, and employ four workers per shift with two 8-hour shifts per day, according to a checklist submitted to the county by John Shields of the store’s developer Embree Asset Group of Phoenix.

If approved by the commission Tuesday, a 15-day appeal period would take place, with a fee of $345 alongside a formal letter required to appeal.

With no appeal, the proposed one-story store and its 1.2-acre location would be sent to the county’s building department for additional studies before beginning construction.

The complete 93-page county report on the project can be seen by going to bit.ly/1QEgLHQ and downloading it, in PDF format, by clicking on “item 1.”