Bibb County zoning commissioners said Monday that they need to do some more homework before they could properly consider a request for a permit that would allow a medical office on Washington Avenue.
Caring Solutions of Central Georgia Inc. applied for a conditional-use permit for a professional medical office at 1028-1044 Washington Ave., which is in a historic district. The site is at the intersection with Orange Street.
The applicant also was seeking a variance in parking requirement to reduce the allowable parking spaces.
The parcel at 1044 Washington Ave. has an existing single-story building and a two-story building totaling 13,915 square feet. The property at 1028 Washington Ave. is a parking lot for the other parcel.
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Currently, Caring Solutions is operating as a consulting office to support women facing unplanned pregnancies. It has 14 employees, mostly part time.
The applicant plans to expand the existing consulting office to offer testing and treatments for men and women in order to make free and low-cost health care available to help prevent the spread of infections, said Christina Middleton with Caring Solutions. The office also would provide free annual physical and female health assessments.
However, a permit previously issued requested that medical offices not be allowed on the property, said Executive Director Jim Thomas. He said he would have to look back in the records to determine what the circumstances were when that permit was issued.
Julie Groce, who lives around the corner from the site and was representing the InTown Macon Neighborhood Association, said the board met Sunday night and it opposed the requested permits.
“We are already operating on limited parking,” Groce said.
In addition, changing the use of the existing Caring Solutions office would likely increase the number of parking spaces needed, she said.
“There is nothing personal about this,” she said. “There is just not enough room for another parking variance on this property.”
Commission members deferred both applications until they could look into the matter more.
Other items on the agenda were:
An amendment to Chapter 23.01 (k.1) of the Comprehensive Land Development Resolution for the city of Macon and Bibb County, Georgia, regarding uses not allowed as a home occupation. Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission, applicant. Approved.
3367/3503 Franklinton Road: Conditional use to allow a timber harvest, M-2 District. CSX Transportation, applicant. Approved.
1578 Wellworth Ave.: Conditional use to allow parking lot expansion, R-1 District. Reed Property Holdings, applicant. Approved.
3274 Liberty Church Road: Conditional use to allow an art studio with private art lessons, A-Agricultural District. Blazing Paddles Studio, Jamie Adams, Bryan Beck, applicant. Approved.
354/304 Pierce Ave.: Conditional use to allow a day care facility, PDR District. SP Design Group/Robert Day, applicant. Approved.
8573 Columbus Road: Conditional use to allow vehicle repair shop, A-Agricultural District. Wayne Equipment Co., Margaret McGowan, applicant. Approved.
1181 and 1205 Hightower Road: Conditional use to allow vehicle repair & construction company, C-2 District. Southern Equipment LLC., applicant. Approved.
CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS:
910 High St.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow design approval to replace front decking & ceiling, back porch decking & railing, shutters & roof. HR-3 District. Debra Rose McMahon, applicant. Approved.
1063 Magnolia St.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow design approval additional iron railings (steps), HR-2 District. Ferrell Campbell, applicant. Approved.
236 Peninsula Ave.: Variance in rear set-back requirements to allow a single-family dwelling, PDR District. Alyssa and Paul Syribeys, applicant. Approved.
6259 Rogers Road: Variance in set-back requirements to allow a building addition, A-Agricultural District. Barbara Morris, applicant. Approved.
4855 Wesleyan Woods Drive: Variance in set-back requirements to allow an accessory building, R-1AAA District. Steve Mills, applicant. Approved.
136 Saint Martinique Place: Variance in set-back requirements to allow a fence, R-1AAA District. Daisy Howard, applicant. Approved.
4715 High Oak Drive: In violation of Section 23.01(j) of the Comprehensive Land Development Resolution — Illegal home occupation (auto sales and repair). Kevin Fuller. Found in violation. Staff was instructed to take appropriate legal action.
6420 Grantham Drive: In violation of the Comprehensive Land Development Resolution by failing to comply with the commission regarding covered container pole barn. Chris Bryant. Found in violation, and staff was instructed to schedule a revocation hearing for the home occupancy permit, the use of a fallout shelter and accessory structure and to take appropriate legal action.