A Macon used car dealer was denied rezoning approval Monday for a satellite car lot on Log Cabin Drive.
Kegs Limited filed a rezoning application with the Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission to rezone 4885 Log Cabin Drive from a residential district to a commercial district. The classification would have allowed the applicant, James Hamp representing Kegs Limited, to operate a used car dealership and rental car agency on the property.
Kegs Limited currently operates a used car dealership at 222 Emery Highway and this would have been an expansion of that business.
The lot is large enough for 35 vehicles, but Hamp said, “I doubt we will max out at 35.”
But some commissioners voiced concern about the rezoning.
“It opens the door to more than I would like to see happen in this neighborhood,” Commissioner Jacqueline Hightower said.
Commissioner Sarah Gerwig-Moore agreed.
“This is primarily a residential neighborhood,” she said. “Once we rezone it, a sports bar could go in there,” which would not be compatible with a residential area.
The vote was 5-0 to deny the application.
The commission also denied an application for an electronic graphic sign -- with variances in sign area, sign location and distance requirements -- for Lawrence Drive Baptist Church at 5774 School Road.
Pastor Brad Marchman presented several letters from area residents who agreed with the proposed sign.
“We think it will be a great benefit for our church and a great benefit for the community,” Marchman said.
The electronic sign would have replaced a sign that has letters that have to be replaced manually. The new sign would allow the church to broadcast multiple events that may be going on at one time.
But commissioners said the proposed sign did not meet the new regulations for electronic signs the board spent several months designing this year.
“We support what you are doing in the community,” Gerwig-Moore said. “But you don’t meet any of the special circumstances that we set. I don’t think we can break our own rules. ... We would not only have to discard our sign rules, but discard our variances.”
The commission voted 4-1 to deny the application with Commissioner Arthur Hubbard voting to approve.
Other items on the agenda were:
ITEMS DEFERRED FROM PRIOR MEETINGS:
3480 Williamson Road: Proposal to rezone from C-1, Neighborhood Commercial District, to C-2, General Commercial District. The purpose of this rezoning is to allow a sports bar with live entertainment. Ethel Jane Herin West; Stan West, applicant. Denied.
3720 Riverside Drive: Conditional use to allow a multi-message billboard, C-2 District. Walthall Oil Co., applicant. Withdrawn.
177 Woodfield Drive: Conditional use to allow a flooring contractor in an existing office/warehouse, PDE District. Miki Folsom; Bay Carpets Inc., applicant. Approved.
1780 Anthony Road: Conditional use to allow land use/conceptual site plan approval of an athletic facility with offices, R-3 District. Richard Cazort; Chris R. Sheridan Co., applicant. Deferred to Jan. 24.
880 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard: Conditional use to allow a church/place of assembly in an existing building, CBD-2 District. Pastor Florence Swain; Zion Restoration Ministries, applicant. Approved.
4332 Log Cabin Drive. Conditional use to allow a self-service ice machine, C-2 District. Michael Powers, applicant. Approved.
1106 Rocky Creek Road: Conditional use to allow gasoline islands and canopy addition to an existing convenience store, C-2 District. Widner & Associates, applicant. Approved.
CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS:
735 Progress St.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow design and material approval of a wall, HR-3 District. Michael Allen, applicant. Approved.
5530 Riverside Drive: Variance to allow platting of property not fronting a public right of way, PDE District. Piedmont Community Bank, applicant. Approved.
4291 Tucker Valley Road: Variance to allow platting of property not fronting a public right of way, A-Agricultural District. J.G. Etheridge, applicant. Approved.
2000 Bowman Park: Variance in aggregate sign area to allow two (2) wall signs, PDE District. Wayne Crowley; Macon Valued Partners LLC, applicant. Deferred to Jan. 10.
ITEMS FOR COMMISSION RATIFICATION:
5195 Wingate Drive: Variance in location requirements to allow an accessory building, R-1AAA District (10-1814). Carol Smith, applicant. Approved.
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