Zoning officials allow auto salvage operation

lmorris@macon.comOctober 28, 2013 

The Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission approved a conditional-use permit Monday to reopen an auto salvage operation on 20 acres in east Macon.

The applicant for the new permit, Robert Peacock, who operates Peacock’s Auto Salvage in Jones County, plans to reopen a salvage business on the site at 1849 Emery Highway.

Attorney Bert King of Gray said the site would be a second location for Peacock.

“His (current) operation is very clean, very efficient,” King said.

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.

Peacock and his brother were hired to clean up the property and have received approval from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, according to a statement from Peacock.

The business would operate 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and would begin with three to five employees.

Billy Baldwin, who said he lives in the area, opposed the permit. He said the earlier salvage yard had a negative effect on property values.

“(It) was an ugly, ugly place,” Baldwin said.

But King said Peacock ran a better salvage yard.

“Anyone who has been to his business would know it’s not a junk yard,” he said. “This is consistent with past usage.”

Other items on the agenda were:

ITEMS DEFERRED FROM PRIOR MEETINGS:

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. Deferred to Nov. 12.

VARIANCES:

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. Approved.

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

ITEMS FOR COMMISSION RATIFICATION:

VARIANCES:

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

CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS:

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

Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report.

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