A nearly 4-acre site off Hartley Bridge Road in south Bibb County was rezoned from an agricultural district to a planned development extraordinary district to allow commercial buildings.
A 9,100-square-foot Dollar General store would be built as the first phase on 1.25 acres, which is part of 4988 Mount Pleasant Church Road, with the remaining acreage to be developed at a later date, said applicant Colin Edwards with SW Macon LLC. We have a signed lease (with Dollar General) and would start the project soon.
The store would not only bring about 10 jobs to the area, but also would add to the county tax revenue, Edwards said.
The second phase would be used for future commercial uses such as retail and medical offices.
For the proposed project, 122 parking spaces would be available once the property is fully developed. Plans call for two detention ponds, two access points and buffers along the side property lines.
The site is adjacent to Hartley Station, which is already zoned PDE. Edwards stated in a letter to the commission that the developer cannot afford to purchase any of the previously zoned PDE land to the east of the subject property as it is not within its land cost budget.
In another matter, appraiser Jeane Easom was sworn in as the newest commissioner by Sarah Harris, judge of the Probate Court of Bibb County, to fill the seat previously held by Arthur Hubbard.
Also, commissioner Sarah Gerwig-Moore was re-elected as chairwoman and Kamal Azar was chosen as vice chairman.
Other items on the agenda were:
ITEMS DEFERRED FROM PRIOR MEETINGS:
4859 Fulton Mill Road: Interpretation of Section 26.08 and Section 6.02  of the Comprehensive Land Development Resolution regarding the parking/storage of a commercial vehicle. Billy Sisk; Jonathan Alderman, applicant. Since a dwelling exists on the property, it is considered residential and a 80,000-pound commercial truck would not be allowed.
891 Burrus Road: Conditional use to allow a specialty auto sales office with inside storage, C-4 District. Allen Aiken; Encore Motors, applicant. Approved.
890 Burrus Road, 890 Northwoods Plaza: Conditional use to allow an outpatient medical clinic in an existing building, C-4 District. HealthQwest Frontiers Inc.; Wayne Crowley, applicant. Approved.
6336 Peake Road: Conditional use to allow platting of property prior to site plan approval and revisions to a previously approved site plan of a medical office, PDE District. Cleve Cunningham; Cunningham & Rowland, applicant. Approved.
CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS:
455 Cherry St.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow exterior modifications, CBD-1 District. Hal Harper, applicant. Approved.
1008 Hazel St.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow design approval of a single-family dwelling, HPD-BH District. GreenTec Homes, applicant. Approved.
2260 Shurling Drive: Variance in distance requirements from a residential structure to allow an electronic graphic display sign (EGD), C-1 District. Kunj Construction, applicant. Approved.
ITEMS FOR COMMISSION RATIFICATION:
495 Fort Hill St.: Conditional use to allow a transitional housing facility, R-3 District [13-0021]. Latrelle Tripp, applicant. Approved.
To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223.