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Rivoli rezoning on P&Z agenda

The owners of a 71-acre north Bibb County site, which was rezoned in April contrary to their application, have asked for a rehearing of the decision.

A request for a rehearing of density requirements for 5646 Rivoli Drive is on Monday’s Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission meeting agenda.

No oral testimony is allowed during the rehearing.

After months of meetings and negotiations among developers, commission staff and residents who opposed plans for the property, the commission agreed in April to rezone the property from an agricultural district to a planned development residential district. The purpose of the rezoning in the original application was to allow a mixed-use senior-housing community called Founders Pond, which would include townhouses, single-family homes and a retirement center. The applicant and owner is Dunwody & Sams Trust.

The density of the project is mostly what divided the developer, commission and residents. The owner’s last plan called for a total density of 6.9 units per acre. However, during the April meeting the applicant verbally agreed to a density of 6.5 units per acre. An opposition group called North Bibb Citizen’s Coalition was seeking a total density of 3.3 units per acre.

The commission ended up approving a maximum gross density of 5 units per acre — a number that had not been asked for or discussed.

Prior to the vote, the applicant had asked if the density it was seeking could not be approved, the commission should deny the rezoning request altogether.

“No one advised the applicant that the issue of density would be considered separately from the request to rezone,” the applicant stated in the request for rehearing. “There was no testimony or evidence to support a density of 5 units per acre. There was no conceptual plan showing how the land could be used as a mixed-use residential development with a density of 5 units per acre. ... In a planned district residential zoning, the issue of density is critical.”

As part of its rehearing request, the applicant included a conceptual plan showing what a density of 5 units per acre would look like, and it includes 353 single-family lots on the 71-acre site.

The meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. at Macon City Hall, 700 Poplar St.

Other items on the agenda are:

DEFERRED FROM PRIOR MEETINGS:

548 Brookside Drive: Conditional us to allow expansion of an existing school, PDR District. Chris Clark/Carter & Sloope, applicant.

REZONINGS:

2730 Masseyville Road: Proposal to rezone from R-3, Residential District to PDE, Planned Development Extraordinary District. The purpose of this rezoning is to allow senior residential housing and an assisted living facility. Charlotte Place Corp., applicant.

CONDITIONAL USES:

2229 Ridgeley Court: Conditional use to allow a second dwelling with variance in lot width requirements, A-Agricultural District. Jason Beckham; Jennifer Davis, applicant.

4341 Interstate Drive: Conditional use to allow a contractor’s office in an existing office/warehouse, PDI District. Kent Priddy; Service Experts of Middle Georgia, applicant.

4017 Hartley Bridge Road: Conditional use to allow a convenience store with fuel sales, A-Agricultural District. Widner & Associates, applicant.

2900 Jeffersonville Road: Conditional use to allow a convenience store with fuel sales, M-1 District. Widner & Associates, applicant.

935 High St.: Conditional use to allow a professional office in an existing building, HR-3 District. Josh Rogers; Historic Macon Foundation Inc., applicant.

CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS:

939 Second St.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow design approval of a proposed signage, CBD-2 District. Anytime Bail Bonding, applicant.

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

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