DollarGeneralThe Clark County Zoning Commission has rubber-stamped the Laughlin Town Advisory Board’s decision regarding the construction of a new ‘Dollar General’ store along Needles Highway. Without comment, the zoning commission last week, approved a zoning change for the 12.6 acres of land on which the store will sit, but denied variances for such things as parking and metal siding. The Dollar General store will sit on a one-acre site at the northern end of the parcel, directly across Needles Highway from the Laughlin Library. The owners of the site, Box Revocable Living Trust, whose trustees are Kevin and Colleen Barbarita, longtime business owners in Laughlin, had sought two specific waivers—both of which were denied by the commission.  It was the same action the Laughlin Town Advisory Board took last month. In doing so, the town board and the zoning commission accepted the recommendations of the Clark County Current Planning department.  The first waiver request was for a reduction in parking. For a building the size of the proposed Dollar General, Clark County would require 37 parking spaces. The applicants wanted to stop at 30. They cited an internal study that showed a similar store in California in a community with the same population as Laughlin only required 13 parking spaces and felt 30 was more than adequate. County planners and, subsequently the zoning commission, disagreed.  “Since the overall site is undeveloped, there is adequate room and no extenuating circumstances that would prevent the applicant from providing the required parking. Furthermore, as the site is developed with other commercial developments, the burden of not meeting parking requirements is placed upon future developers of the site,” county planners wrote in their final report to the zoning commission. The second waiver requested an allowance to change the pitch of the roof to be more in line with most other Dollar General stores across the country and to allow metal siding. Again, county planners and the zoning commission objected. County rules state, that through site planning and building design, ensure that commercial developments are compatible with adjoining uses, including appropriate building materials. “The proposed vertical metal siding is not compatible with the surrounding residential and commercial properties in the area; including the shopping center, library, place of worship, and post office across Needles Highway. The buildings in the surrounding area have stucco, masonry, or CMU block for siding,” county planners wrote in their final report to the zoning commission. Representatives for the developers did not speak during last week’s zoning commission meeting. Their project is still eligible to move forward, however, they will have to provide a minimum of 37 parking spaces and will have to submit plans for a different exterior siding.