Lighting for Covenant Academy’s sports field approved

lmorris@macon.comMarch 24, 2014 

The lighting plan for Covenant Academy’s athletic field received approval Monday from the Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission.

The school, which moved to 4652 Ayers Road in 1994, had requested approval of a conditional-use permit to allowing lighting of its sports field. The lighting is part of a long-range plan that includes a football stadium, track and a concession stand.

The matter first came up at the commission’s March 10 meeting, but it was deferred to allow time for school officials to meet with neighbors who had concerns about the lighting and noise from ball games.

Civil engineer Kent McCormick, with Hulsey, McCormick & Wallace Inc., representing the school, said nine residents attended the community meeting. He said their issue with the lighting had been resolved.

Four residents attended Monday’s meeting, with a couple of them demanding the commission set a cutoff time on the lights and to delay a decision on the master plan. More than 20 residents appeared at the meeting in favor of the school’s plans, but none of them spoke to the commission.

McCormick said the school isn’t asking for anything other private schools in the area don’t already have and that the buffer between the field and residential property lines was wider at Covenant than at the other schools.

Julia Wood, who said some neighbors were “blindsided by Covenant’s request,” wanted the school to reveal more information about its master plan before it was approved.

Chairwoman Sarah Gerwig-Moore said the master plan submitted by the school is a conceptual plan. She said the school would have to come back before the commission before making any major changes.

The three commissioners at the meeting approved the master plan and the lighting permit with an 11 p.m. curfew. Commissioners Kamal Azar and Bryan Scott were absent.

Other items on the agenda were:


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

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

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 Withdrawn.


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

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. Approved.

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


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

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

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