Macon-Bibb P&Z votes for 60-day moratorium on Payne City

The Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission voted 4-0 Friday morning to impose a 60-day moratorium on issuing zoning permits in Payne City.

P&Z Executive Director Jim Thomas said the moratorium goes into effect immediately, meaning nothing will be issued until the end of May. The moratorium gives the commission time to study the area -- which extends from Roff Avenue to the Central of Georgia railroad tracks in one direction and from Brookdale Avenue to Gardner Street in the other -- and put a plan in place.

Payne City residents voted against consolidating with Macon and Bibb County in 2012, but recently its City Council asked the state to disband the city. That’s expected to happen next week when Gov. Nathan Deal signs House Bill 575.

Thomas said the moratorium only affects any new business or home being built in Payne City or any existing building having an extension built. Current homes and businesses won’t be affected, he said.