Updated plan on Thomaston Road in Macon includes apartment complex

A changing economy apparently shifted plans for a development on Thomaston Road several times since it was rezoned in 2000, and now the current plan includes part of the original development.

At Monday’s meeting, Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission is expected to consider a conditional-use application to allow revision to a previously approved master plan at 5744 Thomaston Road and to allow grading prior to state plan approval. The commission also plans to discuss a conditional-use application to allow a multi-family complex on the site.

When the 143.56-acre site was rezoned in 2000, plans included a single-family cluster subdivision on 59 acres with 122 lots; a 384-unit apartment complex on 24 acres and a shopping center on 21 acres.

In 2003, the site plan was changed to replace the cluster subdivision with a standard subdivision with 63 lots. Plans changed again in 2004, when the apartment complex was deleted and the subdivision lots decreased to 42 lots. A change in 2007 reduced the commercial area to 15 acres. None of these plans moved forward.

The current plan calls for reducing the commercial acres to 6.78 acres and restoring the apartment complex to the plan.

The apartments will consist of 246 units on 21.9 acres. Plans call for 11 three-story buildings, five eight-bay garage buildings, a clubhouse/office, swimming pool, car wash area and mail kiosk. The site plan shows 430 parking spaces will be provided, with 369 spaces required.

Also Monday, during the commission’s pre-meeting which begins at noon, the board is expected to vote on a moratorium on wall murals in all zoning districts and a moratorium on liquor stores and convenience stores in central business districts 1 and 2 while it updates regulations on those land uses.

The commission meeting begins at 1:30 p.m., in the 10th floor conference room, Willie C. Hill City Hall Annex, 682 Cherry St.

Other items on the agenda are:


3663 Vineville Ave.: Proposal to rezone from R-1A, Single-Family Residential District to R-2, Two-Family Residential. The purpose of this rezoning is to allow a professional office. Tony Butler, applicant.


3931 Ridge Ave.: Conditional use to allow a proposed office building, PDE District. Marble Masters, Neil Suggs; Jim Rollins, The Summit Group, applicant.

101 Holiday Drive North: Conditional use to allow outdoor seating at a previously approved restaurant with a drive-thru window, C-4 District. Calhoun Management, applicant.


458 Second St.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow exterior modifications (parking area and fencing), CBD-1 District. Russell Claxton; Claxton Architects, applicant.


4640 Presidential Parkway: Variance to allow an off-premise sign and variance in aggregate sign area for a shopping center, C-2 District. Scott Bombard; Rosson Sign Co., applicant.

265 Tom Hill, Sr. Blvd.: Variance in aggregate sign area requirements to allow a wall sign, C-2 District. Mike Dasher; A-One Signs Inc., applicant.

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