Bibb Zoning Council defers decision on Sardis Church Rd truck stop

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Commissioners voted to postpone the request until March 22 to allow for a traffic study

MACON, Georgia – Developers see dollar signs at Macon-Bibb County’s last freeway exit and an industrial hotbed of activity, but neighbors along Sardis Church Road fear more traffic congestion.

On Monday Macon-Bibb County Planning and Zoning Commission, about a half-dozen people have signed up to talk about a proposed new truck stop across from Love’s on the south side of Interstate 75.

The Foresite Group and Carter Engineering Group want to rezone 31 acres at 5250, way to the Church of Sardis from agriculture to wholesale and light industry to bringing in one of the nation’s largest “brand-listed” truck stops, claimant Stephen Galbraith said.

“One of the many that we do not only in Georgia but across the country,” said Galbraith. “We love Macon and the excitement of being near an industrial area off I-75.”

The proposed truck stop, convenience store and repair shop are said to be the latest development since Amazon opened its distribution center across the highway and a new QuikTrip that will open soon.

Foresite’s David Stoniecki said the truck stop is expected to attract 5,000 more vehicles per day – 90% of that traffic will come directly from the freeway and not pass through homes, but neighbor Jessica Malone said it was already too busy.

“We have a lot of traffic from Love’s and Amazon on the road and I can’t even imagine what that will look like when QT is up and running,” Malone told Commissioners. “We are worried about the environmental impact.

Although seven people in addition to the project representatives expressed interest in talking about the project, only Malone and Macon-Bibb County Dist. 7 Commissioner Bill Howell participated in the Zoom appeal for the hearing.

Howell said he was not there to speak for or against, but to let it be known that he had received several calls about the zoning change. He expressed concern about the number of accidents already on Sardis Church Road and Frank Amerson Parkway.

“I just can’t see adding more traffic out there without some type of traffic device,” Howell said.

Commissioners voted to postpone the request until March 22 to allow for a traffic study and to consider leaving part of the agricultural zoned area to secure the buffer zone between neighboring houses and the part of the land not used for development. offers.

Hartley Bridge Road Business Development

At the other end of Frank Amerson Parkway, Commissioners approved a mixed-use commercial development at 4617 Hartley Bridge Road.

Corporate Property Group and Triple Point Engineering plan to construct an almost 7,000 square foot one-story building for three restaurant tenants, which is expected to be open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Although they have pending contracts for two of the locations, no tenant identities have been released, but the developers have only released vague descriptions of a 45-seat quick-serve sandwich restaurant with two or three. employees, a 90-seat barbecue restaurant employing approximately 4-5 people and a 51-seat restaurant with a future drive-thru.

The Salvation Army chapel to become a funeral home

The Macon-Bibb Planning and Zoning Commission also granted conditional use approval for a new EL George funeral home at 2312 Houston Ave.

Widner & Associates requested that the zoning of the former Salvation Army Chapel across from Bowden Homes be changed from a multi-family residential area to a general commercial district.

“I think that’s a good use for this area,” claimant Tony Widner told Commissioners of the full-service morgue.

The approved rezoning and conditional use approval also covers the property adjacent to 445 and 487 Ell St.

Downtown dog park poop patrol

As the P&Z commissioners first discussed the proposal Barks N ‘Brews Off-Leash Dog PlaypenCommissioner Gary Bechtel wanted to know what would happen to all animal waste.

“What are they going to do about the cleanup? Bechtel asked about plans to fence off Rotary Park in the 600 block of Riverside Drive. “Left to those who bring their animals there?” “

Staff zoning director Randi Doveton mentioned candidate Kate Lambert is planning cleaning stations.

“I guess that requires you to use your poop shovel or something,” Doveton said.

“If these people are renting the property, maybe that will give them an incentive to clean it up,” said P&Z President Jeane Easom.

Once the hearing was underway, Lambert explained that his business model was to charge entrance fees or memberships for dogs and sell their owners beer, wine and soft drinks from an Airstream trailer. People without animals are allowed to enter the park for free.

During questioning, Bechtel inquired about the waste collection policy.

“With them off a leash, you could have more trash than an owner is willing to pick up or find or whatever,” Bechtel said.

“People will be asked and there will be signage to show ‘please clean up after your pets’,” Lambert said. “I will also have employees,” bark keepers “… do that.

The “Wag Watch” standby patrol will also check vaccination records to ensure dogs are up to date on the shots. Lambert said all dogs over one year old must be spayed or neutered to enter the open play area.

Commissioners approved the conditional use of the property for the dog park and allowed live music on site.

Lambert is planning a few pergolas for covered seating and tables with chairs under strained lights on the property across from First Street which she will rent from the Urban Development Authority.

“I think it’s a unique proposition,” Bechtel said. “I think this is a unique opportunity for those who live downtown and have pets.”

Lambert expects a smooth opening in the coming weeks when Barks N ‘Brews will open on Wednesday. to Sunday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends.

Contact Civic Reporting Senior Fellow Liz Fabian at 478-301-2976 or by email at [email protected]

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