Rezoning deferred for residential development at Bass/Rivoli in north Bibb

Zoning commissioners deferred an application which would allow a mixed residential development on 70 acres in north Bibb County.

The Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission deferred the rezoning in a unanimous decision after discussing the benefits and concerns of the rezoning.

About 200 people crowded into the Macon City Hall chamber to protest or support the application. The density of the project and traffic issues highlighted their concerns.

Commissioners also voiced concerns about the density of the proposal and the proposed multi-family units in the project. They agreed that the applicant should meet with commission staff and community representatives before the issue comes before them again at the Feb. 23 meeting.

Zan Thompson with ZT3 Placemaker Studio, urban land planner, represented the land owner Dunwody & Sams Trust.

The rezoning would have changed 5646 Rivoli Drive from an agricultural district to a planned development residential district.

The master plan for Founder’s Pond at Rivoli at the intersection of Rivoli Drive and Bass Road included four different residential developments. The plan shows retirement units, described as similar to Carlyle Place on Zebulon Road; townhouses; an upscale apartment complex; and single-family homes.

More than 800 people opposing the rezoning signed petitions which were submitted to the commission last week.

Some residents formed the North Bibb Citizens Coalition, which includes residents from about a dozen subdivisions in the area who oppose the project, said coalition co-chairman Lawrence Mink. The other co-chairman is Bibb County Commissioner Elmo Richardson.