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Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission: Thomaston Road development is ready to move forward

An application that would allow revisions to a previously approved master plan for an apartment complex on Thomaston Road was unanimously approved Monday by the Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission.

A conditional-use application to allow a multi-family complex and grading prior to site plan approval was approved for 5744 Thomaston Road.

Plans for the 143.56-acre site which was rezoned in 2000, have changed along with the economy. Originally, plans included 122 single-family lots, a 384-unit apartment complex and a large shopping center.

The current plan includes reducing the commercial area to 6.78 acres from 21 acres and building a 248-unit apartment complex with five eight-bay garages, a clubhouse, swimming pool and car wash area.

The property will be graded and previous graded areas will be reseeded, said applicant Zan Thompson, owner of ZT3 Placemaker Studio.

Garfield Lear Jr., speaking for himself and for the homeowners association at Thomaston Overlook, said he and his neighbors “were not necessarily against this, but have some concerns.”

The apartment complex will “butt up against our neighborhood,” Lear said, and he was concerned about the buffer between the new development and the existing neighborhood.

“We’re also concerned about the grading,” he said. “We don’t want to see this graded and sit there and sit there.”

Thompson said there was 225 feet between the closest property line to the first apartment building, but that “we can look at another plan to put the garage units. ... The undisturbed wooded buffer will remain.”

As far as the timing, Thompson said “This is a go. We are ready to start immediately.”

In another matter, Tony Widner with Widner and Associates, asked the commission to defer two applications having to do with 118 Lamar St. Plans include tearing down a house on the property that was “in poor condition,” to add parking spaces and renovation of another building for classrooms

The Islamic Center of Macon plans to combine the properties at 112 and 118-122 Lamar St. with its current parcel at 2131 Vineville Ave.

The two applications were deferred to the Aug. 13 meeting.

Also Monday, during the commission’s pre-meeting, the board agreed to a 60-day moratorium on wall murals in all zoning districts and a 60-day moratorium on liquor stores and convenience stores in central business districts 1 and 2 while it updates regulations on those land uses.

The commission heard items from its June 25 meeting first, which was cancelled because it didn’t have a quorum.

Other items on the agendas were:

JUNE 25 AGENDA

REZONINGS:

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. Approved.

CONDITIONAL USES:

3931 Ridge Ave.: Conditional use to allow a proposed office building, PDE District. Marble Masters, Neil Suggs; Jim Rollins, The Summit Group, applicant. Deferred to Aug. 13.

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. Approved.

CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS:

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

SIGNS:

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. Approved.

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. Approved.

JULY 9 AGENDA

CONDITIONAL USES

4600 Jones Road: Conditional use to allow a church in an existing building, A-Agricultural District. Church of the Living God International, applicant. Approved.

4961 Forsyth Road: Conditional use to allow a financial institution, M-1 District. Albert Edge; Murphey, Taylor & Ellis, applicant. Approved.

3944 Sardis Church Road: Conditional use to allow time extension for a previously approved temporary classroom building, A-Agricultural District. Life Center Outreach Ministries, applicant. Approved.

2424 Riverside Drive: Conditional use to allow a sleep center in an existing building, PDC District. Nations Sleep Disorders Center LLC, applicant. Approved.

4205 Lakeside Road: Conditional use to allow a timber harvest (clear cut), M-1 District. Edward Peacock, Jr.; Scott Cunningham, applicant. Approved.

3076 Riverside Drive: Conditional use to allow a career/trade school within an existing shopping center, C-2 District. Sheddrick Clark; American Professional Institute, applicant. Approved.

CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS:

656 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow demolition of two (2) buildings and design approval of a parking lot, CBD-2 District. Lawrence Drinkard; Fickling & Co., applicant. Approved.

1105 Adams St.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow design approval of exterior modifications, HR-3 District. Lesley Clarke, applicant. Approved.

VARIANCES:

1978 Johnson Road: Variance in location requirements to allow an accessory building, R-1AAA District. Michael Brown, applicant. Approved.

2424 Riverside Drive: Variance in setback requirements to allow a fence, PDC District. Nations Sleep Disorder Center LLC, applicant. Approved.

SIGNS:

4821 Sheraton Drive: Variance in sign area requirements to allow a wall sign exceeding 200 square feet, C-2 District. Mike Lewis; The Sign Store, applicant. Approved.

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

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