Rivoli, Bass residents continue opposition to mixed-use project

Residents who live near a proposed mixed-use development at Rivoli Drive and Bass Road still have “a big issue” with the density of the project, a leader of a neighborhood opposition group said.

Despite some changes by the developer to the original preliminary plan — such as removing an apartment complex and adding to the buffers — the North Bibb Citizens Coalition group remains opposed to the plan, said Lawrence Mink, co-chair of the group.

An application has been filed with the Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission to rezone the property from an agricultural district to a planned development residential district. The proposed development, Founder’s Pond at Rivoli, now includes townhouses, single-family homes and a retirement center. The original plan included an apartment complex with 350 units.

The hearing on the application was deferred from Jan. 12 to today’s meeting.

“We’ve been consistent from the beginning,” Mink said. “This development should be relative in density to other PDRs in the area. The density they are requesting is extreme.”

His group also has a problem with the retirement center.

“It’s a massive facility in the middle of a residential neighborhood,” Mink said.

In a revised narrative submitted to the commission, land planner Zan Thompson of ZT3 Placemaker Studio, who represents landowner Dunwody & Sams Trust, said the overall density had been lowered to 7.25 units per acre from 10.33 units per acre.

Mink said his density computations differ from those submitted by the developer. He declined to say what density would be acceptable to the coalition.

“It’s really not our place to pull a number out of thin air,” he said.

The commission meeting begins 1:30 p.m. today at Macon City Hall, 700 Poplar St.

To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223.