P&Z: Electronic sign rules expected to be OK'd

The Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission is expected to approve the much discussed new regulations for electronic signs at its Monday meeting.

The commission has had a moratorium on electronic sign applications since February as it considered regulations to keep up with new electronic graphic sign technology.

Most of the changes are aimed at limiting distractions to drivers, preserving community aesthetics and preventing sign congestion.

The new rules would prohibit electronic graphic signs in all historic districts, special commercial districts and central business districts. They also would prohibit signs from locating within 500 feet of residential structures and would regulate sign features such as brightness and animation.

Critics have called the regulations “overly restrictive,” while some proponents have questioned whether the rule changes are strong enough.

In drawing up the changes, zoning officials and commission members have held public meetings, attended webinars and reviewed sign regulations in more than a dozen other communities across the country. The commission twice delayed a vote on the regulations to make more changes after receiving public comment.

In August, it extended the moratorium, which is set to expire Tuesday.

The proposed new regulations would be adopted as an amendment to the city-county Comprehensive Land Development Resolution.

The meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. at Macon City Hall, 700 Poplar St. Other items on the agenda are:

Items deferred from Sept. 13 meeting

— An amendment to chapter 25 of the Comprehensive Land Development Resolution for the city of Macon and Bibb County adopting new regulations for electronic graphic display signs. Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission, applicant.

— 3776 Vineville Ave: Conditional use to allow a beauty salon in an existing building, R-2 District (R-3 pending). Chad Knight, applicant.

— 2740 Montpelier Ave.: Conditional use to allow a building addition with variance in side yard setback requirements, C-2 District. Paul R. Kelley; Bentley & Sons, applicant.

Items deferred from prior meetings

— 3910 and 3914 Broadway: Variance in setback requirements to allow a fence, M-1 District. Benny Crooms; Crooms Quality Cars.


— 1300, 1310 and 1316 Dent St.: Proposal to rezone from R-1, Single-Family Residential District to C-1, Neighborhood Commercial District. The purpose of this rezoning is to allow a convenience store with gasoline sales. Applied Technology Consultants, applicant.

Manufactured homes

— 5097 Harmon Drive: Conditional use to allow a manufactured home, A-Agricultural District. Michelle J. Hallman; Clayton Homes, applicant.

— 1444 Griffin Road: Conditional use to allow a manufactured home on a proposed flag lot, A-Agricultural District. Vicki King, applicant.

Conditional uses

— 2311 Pio Nono Ave.: Conditional use to allow a convenience store with gasoline sales, C-1 District & R-1 District (C-1 Pending). Applied Technology Consultants, applicant.

— 2916 Jeffersonville Road: Conditional use to allow retail sales in an existing building, M-1 District. Sukhwant Singh, applicant.

— 5009 Harrison Road: Conditional use to allow an amusement facility in an existing building (game room; pool hall), C-4 District. Christopher Lee Kenworthy, applicant.

— 4379 Interstate Drive: Conditional use to allow automotive restoration, PDI District. Mike Scarbrough, applicant.

Certificate of appropriateness

— 745 Pine St.: Certificate of appropriateness to allow design and material approval of a canopy with signage, CBD-1 District. Phillip Braun; D.C. Ecker Construction, applicant.

— 2437 Vineville Ave.: Certificate of appropriateness to allow design approval of roofing material, HR-3 District. Steven Ard; Ard & Associates Inc., applicant.

— 598 Third St.: Certificate of appropriateness to allow design approval of exterior modifications, CBD-1 District. Bruce Johnson; Commercial Furnishings, applicant.


— 104 Weatherby Drive: Variance in location requirements to allow an accessory building between the main dwelling and the public right-of-way, A- Agricultural District. William Larson Kortes, applicant.

— 6045 Rivoli Drive and 5838 Rivoli Drive: Variance in setback requirements to allow an existing barn, A-Agricultural District. Paul Smaha; Ted Waddle Jr., applicant.

— 720 Forest Ridge Drive West: Variance in distance requirements to allow an accessory building, R-1AAA District. Luann Vevea, applicant.


— 5233 Riverside Drive: Variance in height requirements and area requirements to allow a freestanding sign, R-3 District. Scott Bombard; Rosson Sign Co., applicant.

— 1550 Bass Road: Conditional use to allow a multiple message billboard, PDE District. North Macon LLC; Rob Ballard; David Hollingsworth, applicant.

To contact writer Rodney Manley, call 744-4623.