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Former Payne City property rezoned for first time in 28 years

The former Payne City was rezoned Monday for the first time in 28 years.

The Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission unanimously approved rezoning about 25 acres of land that used to be Payne City, bringing it under the zoning regulations of the commission.

Recent legislative action abolished the city as its own political entity, putting 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. In 1987, the commission removed the incorporated area of Payne City from the official zoning maps at request of city officials, said Jim Thomas, the commission’s executive director.

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

For example, Twang Southern Tastes & Sounds nightclub would be a non-conforming use.

“It means they can continue in existence, but they can’t enlarge or make changes without rezoning,” Thomas said.

To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223.

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