The timber company that was seeking a permit to clear-cut a wooded site in north Bibb County made changes to the plan, which the Macon-Bibb County Planning and Zoning commission approved Monday.
A conditional-use application filed on behalf of the property owner sought to clear-cut about 22 acres at 1990 Wesleyan Drive before site plan approval. The tract is at the southwest corner of Wesleyan Drive at New Forsyth Road.
Kip Smith with Rutherford Timber Harvesting LLC, said the plan now is to leave a 15-foot undisturbed buffer around the perimeter of the property.
“Nothing is to be disturbed inside that buffer, except two roads into the site,” Smith said.
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Also, all the trees will not be cut down beyond that buffer, but an attempt will be made to have even spacing between the trees that are left, he said.
“It will be aesthetically pleasing,” Smith said.
Carol Goswick, chairwoman of the Macon Tree Commission, said she appreciated that Smith and his company put together “a reasonable plan.” But she would like to see the zoning commission put together a communitywide tree ordinance so everyone would know what the rules are and it could be monitored.
Chairman Damon King assured Goswick that the commission’s staff would monitor the timber harvest and see that the new plan was followed.
The three commissioners present, King, Jacqueline Hightower and Arthur Hubbard approved the revised timber harvest plan.
Other items on the agenda were:
CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS:
611 First St.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow design approval of exterior modifications (courtyard and landscaping), CBD-1 District. Wimberly Treadwell, applicant. Approved.
2605 Stanislaus Plaza: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow design approval of material for replacement of a roof, HR-1 District. Mary Jordan Dominick, applicant. Approved.
642 Orange St.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow design approval of exterior modifications (curbing and retaining wall), HR-3 District. Tony Long, applicant. Approved.
126 South Fork Drive: In violation of Section 27.05 and Section 23.01 of the Comprehensive Land Development Resolution (appliance repair as a home occupation), A-Agricultural District. Douglas Young. Found to be a violation. Resident has 30 days to remove appliances.
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