Allowing Beer and Wine sales in Union County, has only one purpose. To allow developers skirt the more substantial zoning requirements of western Union County towns and develop under laxer County zoning standards.
Look at the map below and all the yellow spaces surrounded or adjacent to the blue areas indicting municipalities, these “donut holes” will be the areas where commercial developers will concentrate. Sure there will be a gas and go stations, maybe a small grocery store in southern and northern extremes of Union County, that will begin to sell beer and wine. It will be more convenient. But if you are familiar the recent Raley Miller annexation/commercial development project on Rea Road, where the developer completely ignored Marvin zoning requirements, was rejected then went back to the county.
Folks, the timing of this referendum is NOT coincidental.
Most of the towns do a better job of reflecting desires of their citizens. 1
Recent Boards of Commissioners don’t have the best record of upholding county zoning. There was a spot zoning2 approved a few years ago near Monroe. They’ve allowed high density development near Airport road where they permitted the developer to exceed county density standards. When it comes to “Conditional” zoning almost everything becomes negotiable and all the developer to elected official communication does not see the light of day.