Company gets green light to add large fuel tank in south Bibb

Different types of fuel come through same pipeline

Macon zoning board approves rezoning, conditional-use and variance for Magellan Terminal Holdings to add another fuel storage tank to its south Bibb facility on Allen Road.
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Macon zoning board approves rezoning, conditional-use and variance for Magellan Terminal Holdings to add another fuel storage tank to its south Bibb facility on Allen Road.

The zoning commission approved plans Monday by an Oklahoma-based company to install another storage tank at a fuel storage and transfer terminal it owns in south Bibb County.

The Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission approved an application by Magellan Terminal Holdings LP to rezone the property. The commission also approved a conditional-use permit and a variance for the property.

The 7.37-acre site at 2505 Allen Road was rezoned from a wholesale and light industrial district to a heavy industrial district to bring the property into alignment with zoning on neighboring property. The company plans to construct an additional 100,000-barrel storage tank that is 110 feet in diameter and 60 feet high. The capacity is equal to about 4 million gallons of fuel.

Representing Magellan, Robert Jackson said the company gets its fuel from two pipeline companies, which is pumped into the tanks. Then Magellan takes it to neighboring gas stations by truck.

The additional tank on the property will result in 19 additional tanker trucks per day on Allen Road, he said.

The company needs the additional tank because of growth and demand, Jackson said. It also will allow more efficiencies.

The variance allows the tank to be built closer to residential structures than allowed under current rules.

Jackson said when the company held a meeting with neighboring property owners to discuss its plans, only one person had concerns because he had some property for sale that was adjacent to the proposed tank site. So the company bought some of the property to form a wider buffer, he said.

No one attended the meeting to oppose the plan.

The site has been used as a fuel storage and transfer terminal since 1959, according to the commission’s staff report. The current owners acquired the property in 2004. There are five tanks existing on the site as well as a one-story office building and a loading facility.

Other items on the agenda were:


137 Mulberry St. and Parcel Util-143T: Proposal to rezone from M-2, Heavy Industrial District, to CBD-1, Central Business District. The purpose of this rezoning is to bring into conformity with future land use plan. Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission and Macon-Bibb County Urban Development Authority, applicant. Approved.


4757 Fulton Mill Road: Conditional use to allow a borrow pit, A-Agricultural District. Preston McCallum, applicant. Approved.

4782 Riverside Drive: Conditional use to allow parking addition to an existing car dealership, C-2 District. Nathan Adams, applicant. Approved.


375 Hines Terrace: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow design approval of accessory structure and fence, HR-1 District. Jacob Fields, applicant. Approved.


5441 Bowman Road: Variance in EGD sign area requirements, PDE District. Schuster Enterprises Inc., applicant. Approved.

665 North Ave.: Variance to allow 125 square feet of signage over the allowable aggregate amount, C-4 District. Chi-Ches-ter Pharmacy, applicant. Approved.

Linda S. Morris: 478-744-4223, @MidGaBiz