Dollar General, the biggest chain of discount stores in the country, was told Monday evening they should not be allowed to build one of their 9,100 square foot discount stores in Otis right off Highway 18 near Highway 101.
County Planning Director Onno Husing convinced the commission that state land use laws all but outlaw big box retail stores setting up shop in environmentally sensitive and natural resource rich rural areas like Otis – which is centrally located near farms, the Salmon River Estuary and the Cascade Head Scenic Research Area. Husing also argued that there are other sites more suitable for such busy retail activities inside Lincoln City just south on Highway 101 or even in the Lincoln City Urban Growth Boundary just outside the city limits.
Husing reported to the commission that state land use laws require justifiable reasons for allowing a large retail outlet in such rural settings. In his report to the commission, Husing pointed out that state land use laws aim to keep urban development within cities, and small town retail sales and services in rural areas.
The commission agreed with staff and denied Dollar General’s application. The issue reportedly will be appealed to the Lincoln County Commission. If the answer is still no, the issue could be appealed to the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals in Salem.
Dollar General has built one of their outlets in downtown Waldport.