Nearly 800 sign petition opposing Bass/Rivoli rezoning

Nearly 800 people have signed a petition in opposition to a housing development proposed for north Bibb County.

Lawrence Mink, co-chairman of the North Bibb Citizens Coalition, said his group has been collecting signatures since Monday evening. Mink turned in the petition to the Macon-Bibb Planning & Zoning Commission by a 5 p.m. Thursday deadline. The commission is scheduled to take up the issue at its Monday meeting.

“There could have been more, but we ran out of time,” he said. “We hope that the committee looks at the number of people when they meet and hear our concerns. The zoning is excessive in density. We’d like to see this particular proposal rejected outright.”

At issue is a proposed zoning change that would allow a developer to build hundreds of residential units at the intersection of Bass Road and Rivoli Drive. The proposal to P&Z includes 350 apartment units, 63 townhouses, single-family homes and an assisted-living facility in a 70-acre area.

The plan’s opponents say the added growth would increase traffic in an already congested area.

Zan Thompson, a planner and consultant working with the property owners to develop the land, said he isn’t worried that the petition would have any influence on the planning commission.

“If you look at Georgia law, (a petition) isn’t supposed to have any weight, whatsoever,” Thompson said. “The laws are very strict on what the commissioners can weigh.”