Zoning officials to decide fate of auto salvage operation

lmorris@macon.comOctober 26, 2013 

A Jones County business owner wants to reopen an old auto salvage on 20 acres in east Macon if planning and zoning officials approve a permit for the new operation.

A conditional-use permit for 1849 Emery Highway to allow the continuation of a nonconforming use for auto salvage in a commercial district is on Monday’s agenda for the Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission meeting.

Bibb Auto Salvage began operating on the site in 1945 until the original owner, Champ Ethridge Sr., passed away, according to the commission’s staff report. Ethridge’s son continued the business until he sold it about two years ago. The new owner died a few weeks after the purchase, and his estate is now selling the property.

The applicant for the new permit, Robert Peacock of Peacock’s Auto Salvage, was hired to clean up the property and has received approval from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, according to a statement from Peacock.

“I plan to operate a salvage yard and to sell recycled parts,” Peacock stated. The business would operate 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and would begin with three to five employees.

“We plan to fix up the existing building and to use it,” he said. “Due to better technology, our operation will be less noisy, cleaner and better organized than the previous business.”

Peacock also operates an auto salvage business in Jones County.

The meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Macon City Hall, 700 Poplar Street.

Other items on the agenda are:


5801-5885 Zebulon Road: Proposal to rezone from R-1AAA, Single-Family Residential District to PDE, Planned Development Extraordinary District. The purpose of this rezoning is to allow retail development. John Abernathy, Development Co., LLC applicant.


547 Byars Drive: Variance in location requirements to allow an accessory building between the building line of the main dwelling and the right-of-way line, A-Agricultural District. Robert Harris, applicant.

5358 Fulton Mill Road: Variance to allow platting of properties not fronting a public right, A-Agricultural District. Melanie Grayson, applicant.



135 Lochwolde Drive: Variance in front yard setback requirements to allow a single-family dwelling, PDE District [13-1311]. Wilbert Thurman, applicant.


855 College St.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow design approval of exterior modifications (roofing), HR-3 District. James Hutto, Eddie Pruett, applicant.

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

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