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Rezoning plans for rail spur set for discussion at zoning meeting

The Macon-Bibb County Planning and Zoning Commission is expected to consider an application Monday to rezone about 50 acres for a rail spur to a fuel pipeline on Barnes Ferry Road.

Houston, Texas-based Epic Midstream LLC is looking to rezone the property at 2048 Barnes Ferry Road from an agricultural district to a wholesale and light industrial district to allow a rail spur from the Norfolk Southern mainline to serve as a rail pipeline loading station.

The site is near Sofkee Road and it is surrounded mostly by vacant land, except for a single-family development across Barnes Ferry Road.

Although the rezoning was discussed at the March 23 meeting, the commission asked the fuel company’s representatives to meet with nearby residents to explain the project in more detail, and the matter was deferred until Monday.

Epic plans to pump ethanol from rail cars through a new pipeline it would install to its nearby storage facility.

The company now has a pipeline along Barnes Ferry Road used to transport jet fuel from its facilities to Robins Air Force Base.

Some nearby residents are concerned about the proposed rail spur because they have been dealing with problems with leaks from an existing fuel line for years, Arthur Hubbard said at the March meeting.

Linda Ferguson, director of compliance for Epic, said Epic bought the facility in 2012, and the pipeline has not leaked since the 1980s.

In another matter, the commission is expected to consider conditional-use and variance applications to allow a bowling center at 4318 Sheraton Drive in north Bibb County.

The 44,280-square-foot center, apparently to be called Pin Strikes Bowling Center, would have 32 bowling lanes, a snack bar, bumper cars, laser tag, billiard tables and a party room. Customer parking would provide 244 spaces.

The commission approved a similar proposal at the same location in January 2008.

The meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. in the commission chambers, Macon-Bibb County Government Center, 700 Poplar St. This is a change of venue from the regular location for zoning meetings.

Other items on the agenda are:

CONDITIONAL USES:

985 Plant St.: Conditional use to allow revision to previously approved site plan with final approval of Phase I, PDR District. George Greer, Tindall Partners I, L.P., applicant.

CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS:

2621 Cherokee Ave.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow design approval of gate and landscape plan, HR-2 District. Melisa Brownlee, applicant.

2653 Cherokee Ave.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow design approval of siding change, HR-2 District. Moses Jackson, applicant.

VARIANCES:

1371 Glendale Ave.: Variance to allow an off-premise sign with variances in height and area, R-2 District. Ron Burger, applicant.

4304 Pio Nono Ave.: Variance to allow off-premise sign, C-4 District. Ron Burger, applicant.

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