Houston & Peach

Byron industrial complex clears hurdle

The Middle Georgia Regional Commission recently gave a favorable review to a proposed 670-acre industrial complex, known as the Roost Development, in Byron.

The commission found the project to be “in the best interest of the region and, therefore, of the state,” according to the state Department of Community Affairs Web site. The finding, which is advisory, is the result of a Developments of Regional Impact review.

The review’s completion clears the way for the Byron planning and zoning board to take up the project, which will require a zoning change from residential to industrial.

Bill McDaniel, Byron’s director of planning and zoning and public works, said he expects the rezoning to appear on the board’s November agenda.

Original plans for the property called for a residential golf community, but as the economy and housing market bottomed out, plans changed, said Atlanta developer David Aldridge, owner of Peach Hill Properties Inc.