Still no decision about Bass/Rivoli rezoning

Anyone waiting for a decision on the rezoning of 71 acres on Rivoli Drive at Bass Road will have to wait a little longer.

While the application to rezone 4646 Rivoli Drive from an agricultural district to a planned development residential district has been deferred three times and discussed by the applicant, opposition and zoning officials numerous times, it was deferred again at Monday’s zoning meeting.

The purpose of the rezoning was to allow a mixed-use development, which includes townhouses, single-family homes and a retirement center.

Both the applicant and the opposition group, North Bibb Citizen’s Coalition, wanted it deferred again because they agreed they wanted all five commissioners present when a decision is reached. Commissioner Kamal Azar was unable to attend the Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission meeting Monday due to illness.

The commission agreed to defer the meeting to a special called meeting at 1:30 p.m. April 20.

In another matter, the commission agreed to rezone 87.48 acres at 3679 and 3804 Fulton Mill Road from agricultural to wholesale and light industrial for the purpose of operating a public utility facility by Southern Rivers Energy.

The property would be developed in stages, said civil engineer Dan Wallace with Hulsey, McCormick & Wallace Inc.

During the first stage, a storage area for poles and transformers would be built, he said. Within three to five years, the second stage would include a storage shed and then an office building with a drive through window for bill-paying would be built within about five years for the final stage.

Other items on the agenda were:


An amendment to various sections of the Comprehensive Land Development Resolution for the City of Macon and Bibb County, Georgia regarding temporary tents, uses and events. Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission, applicant. Approved.


1328 Williamson Road: In violation of Section 4.07 [1] (a) (ii) of the Comprehensive Land Development Resolution regarding placement requirements and setback requirements for a detached accessory building. R-1A District. Freddie Bass. Commission will not pursue violation.


1064 Pio Nono Ave.: Conditional use to allow a used car sales lot with a variance in the number of allowable cars on display, C-1 District. Al Irwin, applicant. Approved.

4524 Hartley Bridge Road: Conditional use to allow clearing and grading of property prior to site plan approval, C-4 District. Dwight Jones; Landmark Developers of Macon Inc., applicant. Approved.

5530 Riverside Drive: Conditional use to allow a proposed office building, PDE District. Wendy Sherlock/PZDM, applicant. Approved.


2028 Vineville Ave.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow design approval of a fountain and landscaping, HC District. Hines Causey, applicant. Approved.

503 Fifth St.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow design approval of exterior modifications (facade restoration, signage, and materials), CBD-1 District. Bryan Nichols, applicant. Approved.


5568 Rivoli Drive: Variance to a home occupation (beauty shop) in an existing accessory building, R-1AAA District. Deborah Chapman, applicant. Approved.


4437 Columbus Road: Conditional use to allow a billboard (multi-message), PDC District. Yong Kim; Ryan Terrell; Outdoor Media Solutions, applicant. Denied.

4970 Harrison Road: Variance in sign requirements, C-4 District. All South Sign Inc. applicant. Approved.


7595 Columbus Road: In violation of Section 27.05 of the Comprehensive Land Development Resolution for the City of Macon and Bibb County, Georgia (erection of two (2) accessory/storage buildings without a zoning compliance), A-Agricultural District. Mark McDougall. Found in violation, legal proceedings to begin.

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