Zoning officials to reconsider sports field lighting at Covenant in Macon

lmorris@macon.comMarch 22, 2014 

Macon-Bibb County zoning officials are expected to reconsider Monday a request from Covenant Academy to add lighting to its sports field.

The school, which moved to 4652 Ayers Road in 1994, applied for a permit to add lighting as part of a long-range plan that would add a football stadium, track and a concession stand.

At its March 10 meeting, the Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission delayed making a decision on the permit to give school representatives an opportunity to meet with nearby residents who expressed concerns about lighting and noise from ball games.

The school is planning to add four, 80-foot-tall concrete poles with 70 feet of the poles above ground. The plan calls for two poles on each side of the field, and they would be more than 50 feet from any property line. The lights would be diverted toward the field, said Kent McCormick, a principal engineer with Macon-based Hulsey, McCormick & Wallace Inc.

In a March 12 letter to the commission, Paul Fisher, curator of science at the Museum of Arts and Sciences, said he was concerned about “a dome of sky glow” from the school that could affect telescopes at its observatory.

“We are not asking the board to deny Covenant’s request,” Fisher said in the letter. “We are asking the board to ensure that Covenant applies the most modern lighting technology available in their project.”

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

Other items on the agenda are:

CONDITIONAL USES:

3030 Ocmulgee East Blvd.: Conditional use to allow a church in an existing building, C-4 District. Alberta Groves, Kingdom Remnant International Ministries, applicant.

3966 Pio Nono Ave.: Conditional use to allow a nightclub in an existing building, C-2 District. Widner & Associates, applicant.

3085 Jeffersonville Road: Conditional use to allow a personal care home, PDR District. Tammy Taylor Barksdale, applicant.

CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS:

2407 Carlton Way: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow exterior modifications, HR-1 District. Lisa Rosen, applicant.

250 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow design approval of a sign, CBD-1 District. The Corporation of Mercer University, applicant.

860 Forsyth St.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow design approval of a proposed building, CBD-1 District. Jim Rollins, The Summit Group, applicant.

ITEMS FOR COMMISSION RATIFICATION:

CONDITIONAL USES:

3252 Vineville Ave.: Conditional use to allow a DUI and driver education facility, C-2 District [14-0222]. Sherry Cannon, Georgia Driving School, applicant.

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

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