The Wyoming County Planning Commission gave the green light Wednesday night to three substantial land developments: an Aldi’s Food Market in Eaton Township, a Dollar General store in Lemon Township, and a D&C Fuel Station and Convenience Store in Tunkhannock Township.
The planning body voted unanimously to accept a submission for a 19,054-square-foot Aldi’s that would be sited at 809 Hunter Highway on 1.96 acres on the west side of Rt. 29 between the traffic light and the Wyoming County Human Services Building.
Because Eaton Township has zoning, developers for the store had already sought variances last November, and then cleared the hurdle of a conditional use hearing in late February, and so Wednesday’s action moved the Aldi’s plan forward to the county level without objections.
The plan for a Dollar General Store in Lemon Township had met a bit of resistance a month earlier. However, Michael Goodwin, the engineer reviewing the development plan for the county planning office said the two issues denied in April by the planning commission - the number of parking spaces and the maximum amount of impervious lot coverage allowed - had been addressed.
The impervious lot coverage issue had been addressed when additional land had been purchased from the Spencers than what had been indicated a month earlier.
County planner Lynnelle Welch said that the only outstanding issue was a highway occupancy permit waiting for approval from PennDOT, as well as some landscaping, right-of-way buffer issues.
Commission member Dale Brown asked if everything was now satisfied with conditions for the Dollar General application for a site just off Rt. 29 a little north of Lake Carey and Welch acknowledged it was.
Preliminary approval was granted unanimously.
The Planning Commission also agreed to accept a submission for a D&C Fuel Sales truck stop and convenience store under consideration about three miles east of Tunkhannock that will essentially mirror a similar development that D&C Fuel Sales has had west of Tunkhannock in Washington Township.
The proposed truck stop will be sited on the south side of U.S. Route 6, opposite Keystone Truck Caps.
A sketch plan for a convenience store, eight car fueling stations, and tractor-trailer fueling stations on a 9.1-acre site had been presented to the planning commission in February.
Last Wednesday, Welch recommended submission acceptance to begin the review process to move the project forward. It passed unanimously.
Under old business, Welch spoke about the county’s comprehensive plan and a hold-up with a review by the state Department of Community and Economic Development. She said the office was hampered by the fact that one person was reviewing numerous plans, and the county was assured its plan would be reviewed.
Under new business, Welch discussed an all-encompassing Wyoming County Greenways, Trails and Open Space Plan that looked at existing opportunities and potential to connect surrounding areas for recreational purposes.
Commission member Roger Hadsall asked how the consultative process would be set up, and Welch said through Requests for Proposals.
Planning body president Randy Ehrenzeller said he looked forward to participating in the discussions.
Ehrenzeller also acknowledged Matt Austin’s joining the planning commission that night and that it was good to finally have a full board again.
The commission had a lingering vacancy for more than a year.