Zebulon Road church seeks approval to add school

lmorris@macon.comJuly 20, 2013 

A church built within the past two years at the intersection of Zebulon and Bass roads is looking to operate a private school on the property.

A conditional-use application has been submitted to the Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission to allow a private school, The Sterling Christian Academy, to operate at Stone Edge Church at 5659 Zebulon Road. The matter is expected to be discussed during Monday’s meeting.

In 2010, the commission approved plans for the 45,000-square-foot church on 16.8 acres, which included a multipurpose room, student center, coffee cafe, indoor playground and classrooms. No ball fields or amenity areas were authorized.

Current plans are for educational services to be offered at the church and online for grades kindergarten through 12th, according to the commission’s staff report. Classes would be held 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and it would open from September through May.

Overall enrollment will be 120 students with on-campus enrollment of about 85 students, the report stated.

“The (Sterling Christian Academy) uses a holistic approach to learning,” according to a statement provided by Adriana Gantt, program administrator. “Health, physical education and recreation are part of the regular curriculum.”

Tuition for the school would be “private pay and open to all families,” Gantt said in the statement. Meal plans include breakfast, lunch and snacks.

During the initial phase, the school would have 15 staff members including administrators and teachers, according to the statement.

Single-family residential districts are on three sides of the church property with an agricultural district across Zebulon Road on the fourth side.

When the commission approved plans for the church in 2010, the church property -- which contained two parcels -- was to be platted into one parcel, but “this has not happened,” according to the staff report. “The church must comply with final platting procedures.”

The meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. in the 10th-floor conference room, Willie C. Hill City Hall Annex, 682 Cherry St.

Other items on the agenda are:

ITEMS DEFERRED FROM PRIOR MEETING:

329 Main St.-272 Schell Ave.: Proposal to rezone from R-2, Two-Family Residential District to C-2, General Commercial District. The purpose of this rezoning is to bring the zoning classification into conformity with the existing commercial land use(s). Martha Chafin, Wayne Crowley, applicant.

CONDITIONAL USES:

2790 Riverside Drive: Conditional use to allow a self-service ice machine with variance in front yard setback requirements, C-4 District. Jason West, Artesian Ice LLC, applicant.

3750 Eisenhower Parkway: Conditional use to allow a church in an existing building, C-2 District. Felisa Daniels, Higher Ground Ministries, applicant.

134-136 Ward St.: Conditional use to allow an off-site parking lot, R-3 District. Chris Clark, Carter & Sloope, applicant.

CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS:

1263 Shamrock St.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow a pavilion, HPD-BH District. Ryan Griffin, RDG Ventures, applicant.

566 Poplar St.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow exterior modifications, CBD-1 District. Fred Geheber, applicant.

1230 Hardeman Ave.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow design approval of exterior modifications, HR-3 District. John Cain, applicant.

VARIANCES:

3175 Avondale Mill Road: Variance in setback requirements to allow a convenience store, M-1 District. Widner & Associates, applicant.

7470 Airport Drive: Variance in setback requirements to allow an industrial building addition, M-1 District. David Rager, O’Neal Inc., applicant.

To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223.

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