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Newton to consider plans for new Dollar General, McDonald’s

COVINGTON — A Dollar General and McDonald’s could soon be built in Newton County near Georgia Perimeter College.

Newton County Zoning Administrator Judy Johnson said on Friday that Jason Frix of Sullivan Wickley Properties is requesting 5.9 acres on U.S. Highway 278 be rezoned from agricultural residential to general commercial.

The plan for 1.7 acres of the 5.9-acre tract is to build a Dollar General, she said.

The applicant is also requesting a variance to decrease the number of parking spaces required on the location.

“By ordinance, it’s required to have a minimum of 49 parking spaces. Dollar General is asking to have 30,” Johnson said. “They’re very willing to develop a four-sided brick stone building and follow the standards to make it an upscale, attractive store.”

The land is located in the Mt. Pleasant overlay district of Newton County that carries specific development standards.

The Board of Zoning and Appeals will hear this petition from Frix on Thursday, Jan. 23. It is then slated to go before the Planning Commission on Jan. 28 and its recommendations would be presented to Board of Commissioners on Feb. 18.

A new McDonald’s could be placed on the BP Station property off Interstate 20 at exit 98 if the Planning Commission approves the variance request from Kevin Price, property owner of Liberty Marts LLC, for an increased amount of allowed impervious surface.

Some portions of the BP Station would be torn down to redevelop and build the fast-food restaurant, Johnson said.