Bennington: Dollar General variance hearing set for Monday

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, July 10, 2017 7:28PM

A Dollar General agent has submitted a variance application for the use of a sign on a piece of property located on State Route 202 in Bennington.

Carolyn Parker requested the permit for the use of a 50-square foot, 20 foot high free-standing sign and a separate 2 foot 6 inch by 31 foot 1 15/16 inch wall sign.

Deputy Town Administrator Kristie LaPlante said the sign is not currently in compliance with the town ordinance because it doesn’t allow for large signs.

“They aren’t asking for anything that is not typical of a retail establishment,” she said.

The piece of land has already been granted a variance because it is zoned residential, and has received approval from the planning board to subdivide the plot.

An individual named Carol Rymes – who is affiliated with the heating-oil company – currently owns the piece of land. LaPlante said Rymes is in the process of subdividing and selling the plot. She said the two parties are expected to legally close the sale within the next 60 days.

If the sign variance is granted, it’s the last pre-approval step it will need to take before it files for a building permit.

LaPlante said so far only one or two residents and some conservation commission members have shown up to meetings regarding construction of the retail establishment.

“Aside from a little buzz on social media, we haven’t heard anyone speak for or against the project,” she said.

The town’s Zoning Board of Adjustment will hold a public hearing on Monday, July 17 at 7 p.m. at the Bennington Town Hall.