Bring attention to Dollar General building policies

Bring attention to Dollar General building policies

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Josh Reho started this petition to Governor Mike DeWine and

Greetings.

I know every American / Ohioan is all for "Free Enterprise."  Jobs are good, thats not at dispute here. 
However, most of the time this comes at a cost to local family owned shops and communities. 

I live in Madison Ohio, located in Lake County. Lake County is nestled about halfway between Cleveland and Erie. In my area we have one Dollar General and recently we have found out that another Dollar General is being built less than 5 miles from the current one. This now makes 11 stores in my immediate area. Pushing the total to approximately 20 in Lake County alone.

I have reached out to my local reps in Madison and have been advised that they knew nothing about the new building until the architect showed up at the zoning office. How is that possible, doesn't a zoning committee have to approve of these things? (Please keep in mind this town had at one time 5 auto parts stores located within 1/2 a mile of each other.) I was also told this is what "Free Enterprise" is all about. Ok, fine but don't use that is a scapegoat. 

I have accepted the fact this Dollar General is going to be built and in the process a very lush and habitable area of local woods is going to be destroyed forever, for the sake of convenience. It should also be noted that the closest store to the new one will remain open. 

I am creating this petition to bring attention to the issue at hand. There is absolutely no "need" for this many stores (of any kind) to be piled on top of each other. I am asking the law makers of our government (both state and local) to enact guidelines for how close these "dollar stores" i.e. Dollar General are allowed to build to each other. 

Please see photos for locations and proximity to each other. 

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