A plan to put a barber school on Mercer University Drive won approval Monday from the Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission.
Jaddie Webb with Webb’s Barber School of Arts Inc. told commissioners the school will offer three class schedules -- morning, afternoon and night -- with students providing discount haircuts.
Webb also addressed a staff concern about adequate parking, though board members suggested that the school work out details with other tenants at the shopping center at 4356 Mercer University Drive.
“When I bought that building, they told me I had 15 parking spaces,” Webb said, adding that about 20 parking spaces are located behind the building.
“No one even parks in the back,” he said.
After the board’s unanimous vote to grant the needed conditional-use permit, Commissioner Al Tillman congratulated Webb on his endeavor.
“It’s a great thing,” he said.
Webb’s plans are to have two employees and a total of 16 students or clients each day. The school plans to have three class schedules: 8 a.m.-noon; 1-5 p.m. and 5-10 p.m.
The school would be equipped with 16 stations, eight shampoo bowls, eight dryers, classroom, break room and a library.
Also Monday, the commission approved a sign variance and a conditional-use permit that allows distance variances for an electronic sign on Forsyth Road and a multi-message billboard on Bass Road.
Robert Carson of Money Mizer Pawn & Jewelers said he wrote and received favorable responses from four adjacent residents to 4450 Forsyth Road, where he plans to install an electronic graphic display sign as a panel on an existing, freestanding sign.
“The sign is only visible from Forsyth Road,” Carson said. “You’re not able to see this sign from any of the existing houses.”
One resident, Alexander Hinson, spoke against the sign, though it is not visible from his home.
“My concern is this becoming a normal occurrence on Forsyth Road,” Hinson said.
The commission granted an even bigger variance -- 1,894 feet -- for the multi-message billboard at 1687 Bass Road. Pinnacle Point Holdings plans to put the new sign on the Bass Pro Shop side on Interstate 75, opposite of I-75 from an existing billboard across I-75. Although the new sign would be well within the 5,000 feet distance requirement, commissioners agreed the interstate would serve as an adequate buffer.
“The intent of this is to keep us from seeing signs in a straight line,” commissioner Kamal Azar said. “Sometimes we have to look at these on a case-by-case basis.”
Other items on the agenda were:
ITEMS DEFERRED FROM PRIOR MEETINGS:
4440 Holley Road: In violation of Section 27.05 of Comprehensive Land Development Resolution (manufactured home as a second dwelling installed without a Zoning Compliance), A-Agricultural District. Jerry Hicks, Clara Bell Hicks. Found in violation, with 90 days to comply.
CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS:
1565 Lawton Ave.: Review of changes to a previously approved Certificate of Appropriateness, HR-3 District. Cedric D. Penson, applicant. Approved.
1211 Ross St.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow design approval of design and material of exterior modifications, HPD-BH District. Leonard Hindsman, Jr., applicant. Approved.
332 Carillon Lane: Variance in setback requirements to allow a fence, PDE District. Ryan Griffin, applicant. Approved.
4390 Plaudit Road: Conditional use to allow a manufactured home with decks, A-Agricultural District (11-1707). SunMark Community Bank, applicant. Approved.
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