August 17, 2022

From Gilbert’s Hardware to Dollar General: Rural Activity Centers in the FPA

From Gilbert’s Hardware to Dollar General: Rural Activity Centers in the FPA

All over the Farmland Preservation Area (FPA), Rural Activity Centers (RACs) make it possible for rural residents to access conveniences without a long commute. Did you know that there are 540 acres of land in the FPA set aside for this purpose, much of it yet undeveloped? Did you know that RACs are not just commercial? Housing can be developed within them as well.

The Dollar General store is a modern building located on about four acres at the intersection of W Hwy 318 and N Hwy 329, in the sleepy village of Flemington. The tiny Flemington Store across the street, with its white clapboard siding and rusting metal roof has been a part of the community and rural landscape for over 50 years.

You may be wondering why a Dollar General store was built in the Farmland Preservation Area? Marion County’s comprehensive plan allows for limited commercial and residential development in designated Rural Activity Centers (RAC) (Policy 2.1.21) The Dollar General store is located in the Flemington RAC.

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