Zebulon Road lawsuit continues

Zebulon Road lawsuit continues

Zebulon Road residents continue to battle Alabama-based land developers at a hearing today.
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – In an effort to put an end to the battle between Zebulon residents, and an Alabama-based developer, Bibb County Judge Edgar Ennis gave both parties the opportunity to dispute.

The hearing at Bibb County’s Superior Court ended with no ruling on the case.

Ennis gave each party two weeks to file any further briefs with the court.

Residents say they don’t want a 250,000 square-foot shopping center in their neighborhood, because it will cause the Macon-Bibb County Planning and Zoning Committee to rezone their area.

Back in January, the group filed an appeal against the plans to rezone sections of land on Zebulon Road, some of it including residential areas.

41NBC spoke with Zebulon Road resident Glenn Smith who shares his thoughts on the developer’s plans.

“Where do you stop the commercial development, and what point does a retailer relocate from one part of the county to another part of the county?”

The long time resident believes the builders have several options in other areas in Macon-Bibb County.

Smith adds the developers’ plan could potentially be a catalyst for pollution, traffic, noise and an increase in storm water runoff.

“That's not economic development. That's not progress. That's bad for Bibb County," he adds.

In December 2013, the P&Z commission voted on the decision to rezone.

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