A rezoning application was denied Monday by the Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission that would have allowed a convenience store with eight gas pumps.
The application was to rezone 4996 and 5010 Bloomfield Road from a single-family residential district to a planned development commercial district. A conditional-use permit for the store also was denied.
Plans were to combine two small tracts into a 4.02-acre site for the store to be built. The proposed building would be about 3,300 square feet. The property would have access from Bloomfield Road and Brownley Drive.
Tony Widner, with Widner & Associates LLC, representing the applicant, said the zoning land-use plan calls for neighborhood convenience retail and services along this portion of Bloomfield. Also, most of the traffic that would visit the property is already traveling on Bloomfield and the business wouldn’t generate much more traffic to the area.
Commission chairwoman Sarah Gerwig-Moore said traffic was not the major issue she had with the proposal.
“Traffic is less a concern than forever rezoning the property and the domino effect that could create,” Gerwig-Moore said. “I think that 80 feet from a single-family residence is a more drastic step than I think is appropriate. It has nothing to do with design or what you are doing with lighting and buffers. I think the rezoning is too drastic at this point.”
She said something she would consider a neighborhood business would be something like an ice cream shop, but “not a convenience store, open 24 hours a day with eight gas pumps.”
Commissioner Al Tillman mentioned that within a one-mile radius there were six other convenience stores.
“It’s already congested in that area,” Tillman said.
The commission denied the rezoning and the conditional-use permits with a 3-1 vote, with Commissioner Arthur Hubbard voting in favor of it. Commissioner Kamal Azar was absent.
Other items on the agenda were:
ITEMS DEFERRED FROM APRIL 23:
3285 Houston Ave.: Conditional use to allow a group personal care home, C-1 District. Sam Williams, applicant. Approved.
4995 Sardis Church Road: Conditional use to allow a convenience store with fuel sales and retail lease area and platting of property prior to site plan approval, PDC District. Chad Bryant, Ocmulgee Site & Environmental Services, applicant. Approved.
6440 Houston Road: Conditional use to allow a convenience store with fuel sales and retail lease area, C-1 District. Joseph Pinto, Arvindkumar Patel, applicant. Approved.
3695 Broadway: Conditional use to allow a family and life enrichment ministry in an existing building, M-1 District. Arthur Collier, applicant. Approved.
3380 Pio Nono Ave.: Conditional use to allow a sports bar with live entertainment, C-4 District. Pravin Patel, applicant. Approved.
1934 Jeffersonville Road: Conditional use to allow a group personal care home, C-2 District. Ruthie Williams, Jowanna Williams-Wright, applicant. Approved.
CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS:
894 College St.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow exterior modifications (mural), HR-3 District. Chris Kiker, Façade Squad, applicant. Approved.
950 Third St.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow design approval of signage, CBD-2 District. Steve Tyler, Liberty Tax, applicant. Approved.
170 Hudson St.: Variance in location requirements to allow an accessory building, R-3 District. Solomon Davis, New Home Baptist Church, applicant. Approved.
165 Wesleyan View Drive: Variance to allow platting of property not fronting a public right-of-way, R-1AAA. Ruth Isaac, applicant. Approved.
4375 Interstate Drive: Variance in distance requirements to allow an accessory building, PDI District. Gary Sandoval, DISH Network, applicant. Approved.
691 North Ave.; 158 Emery Highway: Conditional use to allow a multi-message billboard with variance in distance requirements, C-4 District. Larry Brown, George Greer, applicant. Approved.
5532 Bethesda Ave.: In violation of Section 23.01  (j) of the Comprehensive Land Development Resolution (vehicle repair as a home occupation with open storage), R-3 District. Anthony Davis, Betty Davis. Found in violation. Owner has 30 days to remove vehicles, or the matter will be referred to Municipal Court.
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