Developers have applied for several variances to erect a Dollar General store between the post office and the new Town Office in Belgrade.

Dollar General, through Bohler Engineering, proposes to build a 9,318-square-foot retail store on the 1-acre site, but it withdrew its application in July because it needed to seek variances from requirements.

Now it’s back, asking for variances from the minimum lot size, the boundary line requirement and the percentage of impervious surface coverage.

The original proposal called for the parking lot to accommodate 30 vehicles rather than the 37 spaces that the size of the building normally would need.

“Thirty spaces off-street parking meets the project’s needs based on the proposed tenant’s extensive experience with their operational requirements for similar facilities in the vicinity,” the developers wrote in their application.

The original application, by Matthew Bombaci and Austin Turner, of Bohler Engineering, indicated the building would have 7,300 square feet of retail sales area, which would require 30 spaces.


It also indicates it would need variances for slopes and some setbacks.

The Board of Appeals plans to hold a public hearing on those requests at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Town Office.

The board’s chairman, Jay Bradshaw, said the applicant is appealing a denial of a permit by the code enforcement officer.

“They are requesting a waiver of three factors that are part of the business development ordinance,” Bradshaw said.

Bradshaw said the Board of Appeals will collect information and have a chance to ask questions of the applicant before a decision is issued.

“The process starts on the 27th,” he said.


The property is zoned for commercial development.

Dollar General’s corporate website says it has more than 12,500 stores across 43 states.

In the meantime, the town’s Planning Board is holding a public informational meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 20 on revisions to the town’s 2001 Commercial Development Review Ordinance.

The board has worked on the proposed amendments for a year, and the selectmen reviewed them in August.

Once comments are in and any changes are made, voters are expected to weigh in at the March 2017 Town Meeting.

The proposals add recommendations included in the 2014 Belgrade Comprehensive Plan, setting clearer approval standards and reorganizing the ordinance.


Here are some of the proposed substantive changes, all of which are detailed on the town’s website:

• Allow the code enforcement officer to approve smaller projects.

• Add permitting standards for commercial wind towers and allow consideration of the visual impact of proposed telecommunications and commercial wind towers.

• Restore standards to avoid nuisance lighting.

• Exempt seasonal farm stands and some temporary outdoor sales at businesses.

• Allow 36 months to construct a project.


• Allow internally lit and digital changing signs along Route 27 from Route 135 to Sidney if they meet state standards, and change some requirements for depth of vegetative screening in that same corridor.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

[email protected]

Twitter: @betadams

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