The Macon-Bibb County zoning commission denied a request for the rehearing of an application that would allow a rail terminal and ethanol fuel transfer station.
Houston, Texas-based Epic Midstream received approval in November from the Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission to rezone about 50 acres at 2048 Barnes Ferry Road from an agricultural district to a wholesale and light industrial district. The site would be combined with an adjacent 30-acre site that was already zoned for industrial uses.
At that meeting, however, the commission denied a conditional-use permit on the site to allow a rail spur to transfer ethanol from Norfolk Southern rail cars to Epic's pipeline.
During Monday's meeting, after a presentation by attorney Robert Lovett representing Epic, who presented several proposed changes to the company's plans, the commission was not convinced it was enough to warrant another hearing.
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"My problem is with the product," said Commissioner Jeane Easom. "The more I learn about ethanol, the more concerned I became with it being in this residential area."
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