The Bryan County Board of Commissioners held a lively debate recently over the potential construction of a gas station in plain view of the county’s new administration building.
At their Oct. 13 meeting, Commissioners considered a request from Disciple Holdings LLC to allow them to locate a convenience store on the entrance road to Duvall Henderson Park at the corner of Hwy. 144 and Belfast Kellar Road in south Bryan County.
The proposed gas station would sit on a 3.13-acre parcel on the right hand side of the entrance to Duvall Henderson Park. The county’s administration complex is currently being built at the end of the entrance road into the park.
Builder Wilson Pickett told commissioners he is in the due diligence phase of the proposed project and wanted the commission’s recommendations before moving forward.
The lot where the convenience store would be built is part of a Planned Unit Development (PUD) with no established setbacks. Both residential and commercial development is planned for this PUD in the Duvall Henderson Park area.
However, a convenience store/gas station is not listed as a permitted use within the Duvall Henderson Park PUD. The county’s planning staff told commissioners the project could only be approved if the commission were to grant the developer a conditional use.
Pickett also informed the commission that Georgia DOT will not permit access to the proposed convenience store from Highway 144. Access would have to come from the main road leading into Henderson Park and to the county’s new administration complex.
"I don’t think I want a convenience store there," said Bryan County Commissioner Glen Willard. Willard added he thought the county owned those parcels flanking the entrance road to the new administration building.
Read more in Wednesday's Bryan County News.