Zoning officials to consider moratorium on Payne City permits

The Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission has scheduled a called meeting for Friday to consider a temporary moratorium on issuing zoning permits in Payne City.

The meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m. in the 10th floor conference room, Willie C. Hill Government Center Annex, 682 Cherry St., according to the notice.

When Gov. Nathan Deal signs House Bill 575 -- expected to happen Monday -- Payne City immediately becomes part of Macon-Bibb County, said P&Z Executive Director Jim Thomas.

“It comes under our jurisdiction. However since it hasn’t been, they don’t have any zoning,” Thomas said. “We need to have time to determine what to zone it and have a hearing,” which is the reason for the 60-day moratorium on accepting any zoning applications from the small city.

During the moratorium, the commission will review the comprehensive plan -- called “A Vision for Payne City Renaissance” -- that the Middle Georgia Regional Commission prepared for Payne City in July 2006, he said.

“We will use that document to form our decisions,” Thomas said. “Plus, we have to have a (zoning) hearing ... and advertise it for 45 days.”

Payne City ultimately requested its own end, and the Legislature approved it this year.

In 2012, Payne City residents by a 9-7 vote rejected consolidation into Macon-Bibb County. But the City Council, which was running low on funds, has since asked the Legislature to disband the city.

Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report. To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223.