07/23/2018 Hearing Agenda

In 2018, Hearing Agendas | date posted: 

The Monday, July 23, 2018 meeting of the Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission will be held in the MBPZ Conference Room, Terminal Station 200 Cherry Street, Suite 300 beginning at 1:30 p.m. Administrative pre-meeting begins at noon.

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Results Summary of the July 16th P&Z Hearing

In 2018, Design Review Board (DRB), Hearing Results | date posted: 

The Monday, July 16, 2018 meeting of the Macon-Bibb County Design Review Board was held in the MBPZ Conference Room, Terminal Station 200 Cherry Street, Suite 300 beginning at 4:00 p.m.

Approval of July 2, 2018 meeting minutes- Will Stanford -Motion to approve; Curt Brewer -Second; Vote 5:0

731 Orange Street/1160 Forsyth Street:  Certificate of Appropriateness to allow design approval of building addition, HC District.  Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ga (Scott Fry), Applicant Deferred to September 17, 2018 DRB meeting|
Chris Clark -Motion; David Thompson -Second; Vote 5:0

745 Poplar Street: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow design approval of exterior modifications, CBD-1 District.  Sidney D. Haynes, Applicant Approved |Will Stanford-Motion; David Thompson- Second; Vote 5:0

1259 Linden Avenue: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow design approval of a garage/workshop, HR-3 District.  Susan & Frank Broome, Applicant Approved as per the additional information submitted | David Thompson-Motion; Chris Clark -Second; Vote 5:0

Special Called Meeting | July 17

In Notices | date posted: 

Terminal Station Macon | graphicA Special Called Meeting of the Macon-Bibb County Planning and Zoning Commission will be held Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 9:30 am in the MBPZ conference room, Terminal Station | 200 Cherry Street, Suite 300 to discuss a proposed fee increase.

07/09/2018 Hearing Agenda

In 2018, Hearing Agendas | date posted: 

The Monday, July 9, 2018, meeting of the Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission will be held in the MBPZ Conference Room, Terminal Station 200 Cherry Street, Suite 300 beginning at 1:30 p.m. Administrative pre-meeting begins at noon.

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Results Summary from June 25th P&Z Hearing

In 2018, Hearing Results | date posted: 

The Monday, June 25, 2018 meeting of the Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission was held in the MBPZ Conference Room, Terminal Station 200 Cherry Street, Suite 300. The hearing began at 1:30 p.m. The administrative pre-meeting began at noon.

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06/25/2018 Hearing Agenda

In 2018, Hearing Agendas | date posted: 

The Monday June 25th, 2018 meeting of the Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission will be held in the MBPZ Conference Room, Terminal Station 200 Cherry Street, Suite 300 beginning at 1:30 p.m. Administrative pre-meeting begins at noon.

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Commissioners’ Statement

In Notices | date posted: 

RE: Statement regarding Planning and Zoning Commission’s approval of special use permit for medical office performing abortions

The Planning & Zoning Commission is aware that many people feel that abortion is morally or politically wrong, and the Commission respects those feelings. However, abortion performed in a timely and appropriate manner is not just a lawful medical procedure; it is a constitutionally protected activity. No local government in this country, or state, has the power to completely ban abortion throughout its jurisdiction, and the power to create obstacles to this procedure when lawfully performed is also strictly limited. This was decided over 40 years ago by the United States Supreme Court in the 1973 case of Roe v. Wade.

The type of medical procedure offered by medical offices and facilities has never been a zoning issue in Macon-Bibb County any more than the type legal services offered by a law office. Under our zoning code, a medical office or facility that performs abortions is treated the same as any other medical office or facility; it receives the same permit, and any permitted medical office or facility in Macon-Bibb County could choose to perform abortions tomorrow without getting a new zoning permit.

As to the question of advertising the hearing, the permit granted by the Commission for the Walnut Street facility was a special use permit; the law does not require that any signage be placed on the property before a hearing on that type application, only for a rezoning, but the Commission voluntarily placed a sign on the property well before the hearing at the Commission to better inform the public. The Commission also followed the law on legal advertising in the paper for the hearing and followed its standard practice in providing advertising for any proposed medical facility. The proposed facility is in a business district and is being placed in a building which previously had medical offices in it.

Zoning is about determining the appropriate location of particular lawful uses of property in relation to other lawful uses, not banning a lawful activity because it is politically unacceptable to certain groups, regardless of where it takes place. Finally, the Commission is fully aware of the strong feelings aroused by abortion on both sides of this issue and takes this matter very seriously; however, it must comply with the law and feels that it has done so.

Jim Thomas
Executive Director, MBC Planning & Zoning Commission