“Council needs to get on the right side of the law,” Doswell “Tex” Pierce, a long-time resident of Mineral who attended the meeting, said. “I’m upset, we are all upset. We got railroaded. But the train hasn’t run over me yet!”
With citizens questioning the legality of the proposed building size compared to the property’s zoning and lot size, the council advised at a previous meeting that Jack Maus, town attorney, research the zoning laws.
Maus said that it is his professional opinion that the town council may certify to the Louisa County Community Development Office that the application for a building permit for Family Dollar complies with the zoning requirements of the town’s Code.
The citizens in attendance at the meeting were shocked at Maus’ opinion after they had presented a letter written by Patrick M. McSweeney, an attorney who’s working with a few Mineral citizens, which opposed the store. In McSweeney’s letter, he questions the legality of the operation of a retail store in a light commercial district in the town of Mineral.
McSweeney’s professional opinion indicates the regulations of the town’s zoning code restricts retail stores in the light commercial district to no more than 4,000 square feet. The Family Dollar is projected to be 8,320 square feet.