Zoning variances approved for new Family Dollar planned for Macon

lmorris@macon.comJuly 14, 2014 

The Macon zoning commission gave its OK on Monday to two variance requests that will allow a new Family Dollar to be built in east Macon.

The Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission approved a variance in rear yard setback requirements and a variance in parking requirements to allow a Family Dollar at 2035 Shurling Drive.

The company is planning to build a 9,200-square-foot store on a 1.5-acre tract on Shurling at Regent Street, said Charles Dunstan of Augusta. Family Dollar is under contract to buy the property, he said.

The variances are necessary because of the property’s triangular shape, Dunstan said.

Any security lights placed in the rear of the property would be shielded from nearby residents, he said. Also, a privacy fence will be installed along Regent Street.

In another matter, zoning commissioners approved a conditional-use permit for 5935 Zebulon Road to allow the Murphy Oil fuel center in front of Wal-Mart to expand its kiosk. The commission approved the existing 183-square-foot fuel center with four gas pumps in 2003.

Plans are to add 151 square feet to the existing kiosk.

The addition will allow room for retail sales items previously displayed outside the kiosk.

Other items on the agenda were:


2730 Pio Nono Ave.: Conditional use to allow a produce/farmer’s market with outside sales and storage, C-2 District. Louis Glidewell, applicant. Approved.

3900 Lake St.: Conditional use to allow a church in an existing building, M-1 District. Daniel Blackshear, Word Indeed Ministries, applicant. Approved.


546 Poplar St.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow exterior modifications, CBD-1 District. Kevin Reeves, Bryan Nichols, applicant. Approved.

1429 Oglethorpe St.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow design approval of a sign, HR-3 District. The Sign Store, Eye Center of Central Georgia, applicant. Approved.


5131 Smoke Rise Drive: Variance in side yard setback requirements to allow a carport addition, R-1AAA District. David Lee, Georgia Lee, applicant. Approved.

8267 Lower Thomaston Road: Variance in height requirements and design requirements to allow a fence, R-1AAA District. James Wagner, Mildred Wagner, applicant. Variances approved after neighbor, Gerald Griffin, agreed to allow applicant access to his property.

305 Willow Cove Court: Variance in setback requirements and variance in height requirements to allow a fence, R-1AAA District. Larry Thomas, applicant. Approved.

305 Buford Place: Variance in setback and height requirements to allow a fence, HR-1 District. Ryan Willis, applicant. Withdrawn.


3960 Riverside Drive: Variance in distance requirements and variance in sign area requirements to allow an electronic graphic display (EGD) sign, C-2 District. Sean King, Best Signs Inc., applicant. Approved.

1429 Oglethorpe St.: Variance in aggregate sign area requirements to allow a monument sign, HR-3 District. The Sign Store, Eye Center of Central Georgia, applicant. Deferred.


5400 General Harris Drive: In violation of Section 27.05, Section 4.07 [1] (a) (ii), Section 4.07 [1] (a) (iii), and Section 9.06 [2] (c) of the Comprehensive Land Development Resolution (carport erected without a Zoning Compliance, carport erected in the front yard, carport that does not meet the minimum distance from the main dwelling), R-1A District. Maverick Bivins, Pamela Bivins. Deferred.

To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-74223.

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