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P&Z: Rezoning sought to allow liquor store on Moseley Dixon Road

A Moseley Dixon Road convenience store owner is looking to expand by adding a liquor store business next door, but the property must first be rezoned.

Some neighbors are opposed to the store owner’s plans.

Kunj Patel has applied for a permit to rezone 6024 Moseley Dixon Road, at the intersection with Pineworth Road, from an agricultural district to a neighborhood commercial district to allow the liquor store. The matter is expected to be heard at Monday’s Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission meeting.

The existing convenience store sits on a 1-acre lot, and plans call for adding 25 feet to the left side of the existing structure toward Pineworth Road.

“We believe that this area can easily support a liquor store,” Patel said in a letter to the commission.

According to the commission’s staff report, “existing land uses in the immediate vicinity are a mixture of low-density single-family residential and wooded properties.”

About 40 people, most who live on Pineworth Road, have signed a petition against the rezoning.

Pineworth Road resident Wayne Dover wrote an Aug. 21 letter to the commission asking that the rezoning be denied. The petition was attached to the letter.

Dover said the liquor store would provide “easy access to liquor,” which is not allowed at nearby Lake Tobesofkee.

“As my property is located directly across from this location, I am already receiving unwanted advertising signs and trash from the store,” Dover said in the letter. “I’m sure this will increase if the (rezoning) is passed. Crime and traffic will also increase.”

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

Other items on the agenda are:

ITEMS DEFFERRED FROM PRIOR MEETINGS:

A. 123 Lake Ridge Drive: Variance in height requirements to allow a fence, R-1AAA District. Stephen Martin, S Martin Construction, applicant.

CONDITIONAL USES:

2. 1034 Gray Highway: Conditional use to allow a church in an existing shopping center, C-4 District. Destiny Christian Church, applicant.

3. 379 Rogers Ave.: Conditional use to allow a day care center with variance in area requirements and setback requirements, R-3 District. Reginald Green, Sharon Green, applicant.

4. 8335 Eisenhower Parkway: Conditional use to allow a health care facility in an existing building, A-Agricultural District. Greton Community Healthcare Center, applicant.

5. 4205 Lakeside Drive: Conditional use to allow retail sales and storage portable buildings, M-1 District. Julian Lumley, Heart of Georgia Portable Buildings, applicant.

CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS:

6. 306 Orange St.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow landscaping modifications and accessory buildings, HR-3 District. Andy Moore, applicant.

7. 1280 College St.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow exterior modifications, HPD-BH District. Wesley Foundation of Macon, applicant.

8. 1021 Rose Place: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow demolition of a structure, HR-3 District. Mount De Sales Academy, applicant.

9. 1033 Rose Place: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow demolition of a structure, HR-3 District. Mount De Sales Academy, applicant.

VARIANCES:

10. 133 Colaparchee Court: Variance in location requirements and variance in distance requirements to allow an accessory building/gazebo, A-Agricultural District. Stephen Martin, S Martin Construction, applicant.

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