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Former Payne City property expected to be rezoned Tuesday

About 25 acres of land in Macon-Bibb County is expected to be zoned for the first time in 28 years during Tuesday’s meeting of the Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission.

The property used to be in Payne City. But recent legislative action abolished the city as its own political entity and placed it under the governing authority of the consolidated government of Macon-Bibb County.

The properties that make up the 25 acres had no zoning designation, according to the commission’s staff report. In 1987, the commission removed the incorporated area of Payne City from the official zoning maps.

The properties to be rezoned are: 3360, 3378 Brookdale Ave.; 114, 118, 120, 128, 136 Rose Ave.; 112-158 Comer Terrace; 160, 161, 163, 166, 167, 169, 171, 173, 175, 177, 179, 181 Gardner St.; 82, 86, 88, 90, 92, 94, 101, 102, 103, 104, 106, 108, 110, 0, 1976 Green St.; 121 Rose Ave.; 3380 Roff Ave.; 16, 18, 21, 22, 24, 26, 28, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46 Brigham St., 3416, 3428, 3440, 3452, 3464, 3478, 3492 Brookdale Ave.; 74, 75, 76, 78, 80 Short St.; and 48, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60, 65, 67, 69, 70, 72 Davis St.

One tract of 8.28 acres -- bounded by Rose Avenue, Gardner Street, Brookdale Avenue and the railway right-of-way that includes restaurants, retailers, a nightclub and an electrical contractor -- is expected to be zoned as a neighborhood commercial district.

The other tract of 16.66 acres -- bounded by Rose Avenue, Gardner Street, Roff Avenue and Brookdale Avenue that includes a mix of one- and two-family homes -- is expected to be zoned as a single-family residential district.

While most of the properties in each zone are consistent with the proposed district, some of the properties will be non-conforming uses, but the zoning designation is “most similar to the existing conditions,” the staff report stated.

The commission Monday will first address the items that were to be heard May 11. That meeting had to be canceled because of inadequate legal notification.

One of the items from that agenda is a proposal by Roundstone Development to rezone a 10-acre site at 3996 Elnora Drive from an agricultural district to a multifamily residential district that would allow a proposed 84-unit apartment development. A conditional-use permit also would need to be approved for this project.

The wooded site is near the intersection of Elnora and Northside drives near The Wellness Center. The gated development would consist of six two-story residential buildings and one non-residential building, according to a description provided by the applicant. The garden-style apartment complex would total 76,296 square feet.

Also three rezoning applications on the May 26 agenda to be considered are:

A proposal by Epic Midstream to rezone 2048 Barnes Ferry Road from an agricultural district to a wholesale and light industrial district, which would allow a rail spur to serve a rail pipeline loading station for ethanol.

This item had been deferred from the March 23 and April 13 meeting. The most recent deferral was to allow nearby residents an opportunity to receive a response regarding the current remediation project for a jet fuel pipeline.

A proposal by Mount Vernon Baptist Church to rezone about 5 acres of vacant land at 1638 Anthony Road from a single-family residential district to a multifamily residential district to allow for 48 one-bedroom senior apartments in six buildings.

The development also would include amenities such as a clinic, pharmacy, hair salon, a meeting room, wellness room, computer center and a walking trail.

A proposal by Wilbert Thurman to rezone a 2-acre vacant site at 5612 Houston Road near Hartley Bridge Road from an agricultural district to a general commercial district to allow for the construction of a restaurant.

The proposed 1,800-square-foot building would be a family-style restaurant in operation 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday. It would initially employ four full-time employees.

The meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. in the Macon-Bibb County Government Center, commission chambers, 700 Poplar St.

Other items from the May 11 agenda are:

CONDITIONAL USES:

3170 Millerfield Road: Conditional use to allow a convenience store with fuel sales and alcohol sales packaged to go, C-1 District. Kunj Construction, applicant.

100 S. Heron Drive: Conditional use to allow a convenience store with fuel sales and alcohol sales packaged to go, C-2 District. Kunj Construction, applicant.

2518 Pio Nono Ave.: Conditional use to allow a car wash, C-2 District. Sidney Haynes, applicant.

1701 Shurling Drive: Conditional use to allow live entertainment at a previously approved nightclub, C-2 District. Danyell Reaves, applicant.

1510, 1530, 1550 Mercer University Drive (a/k/a 1580, 1594 Mercer University Drive): Conditional use to allow a hotel, restaurant and retail development, PDE District. Carter & Sloope, Chris Clark, applicant.

CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS:

310 Cherry St.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow design approval of a wall sign, CBD-1 District. The Sign Store, Tubman Museum, applicant.

1268 Ross St.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow design approval of a fence, HPD-BH District. Jose Pino, applicant.

811 College St.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow design approval of a porch, HR-3 District. Emily Culpepper, Terry Holland, applicant.

RATIFICATION:

3068 Riverside Drive: Conditional use to allow an auto dealership expansion, C-2 District [15-20499]. Wayne Taylor, Five Star, applicant.

Other items on the May 26 agenda are:

MANUFACTURED HOMES:

5693 Hunnicutt Road: Variance in manufactured home width requirements, A-Agricultural District. Thomas Williams, applicant.

CONDITIONAL USES:

5005 Riverside Drive: Conditional use to allow outdoor seating at an existing restaurant, C-2 District. Danny Rosales, applicant.

3225 Pio Nono Ave.: Conditional use to allow a day care center, C-4 District. Erica Brown, applicant.

3518 Jeffersonville Road: Conditional use to allow an EGD sign with variance in distance requirements between an EGD sign and a residential structure, C-1 District. Jaswant Singh, applicant.

2106 Old Clinton Road: Conditional use to allow a clear cut timber harvest, PDE District. Roberts Timber Co., applicant.

6860 Lower Thomaston Road: Conditional use to allow a convenience store with fuel and alcohol sales, A-Agricultural District. Mike Ford, Mark Whitley and Vijay Bairi, applicants.

5665 New Forsyth Road: Conditional use to allow revisions to a previously approved site plan and conceptual master plan approval, PDE District. Cunningham & Co., applicant.

CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS:

479 Cherry St.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow design approval of new signage, CBD-1 District. Jean Bragg, applicant.

VARIANCES:

3225 Pio Nono Ave.: Variances in setback requirements (3) and lot width requirements (1) for a day care center, C-4 District. Erica Brown, applicant.

VIOLATIONS:

2721 Flewellyn Drive: In violation of Section 23.01 [3] [j] of the Comprehensive Land Development Resolution of operating an illegal home occupation (auto repair/salvage). William and Valencia Barnes.

791 Liberty St.: In violation of Section 25.05 [1] of the Comprehensive Land Development Resolution of an off premise/site sign has been erected on the property, Nicholas Rizakalla.

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