Bibb judge reverses Zebulon Road decision

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A Bibb County Superior Court judge says it’s back to the drawing board for an Alabama-based development company looking to build commercial property on Zebulon Road.

Glenn Smith is all smiles for now as contractors work on his Zebulon Road home. He says that’s about all the construction he’d like to see surrounding his neighborhood. 

“Lets use commercial for commercial, residential for residential and that’s how we as a county can continue to grow,” Smith said. 

For the last two years, he and his neighbors found with Macon-Bibb’s Planning & Zoning Commission to prevent an Alabama-based development company from  building just feet away from his front door step. 

The commission voted to rezone the area in 2013. 

“I, along with my neighbors, are very pleased with the decision by Judge Ennis to reverse the rezoning and hand this matter back to the planning and zoning commission,” Smith said. 

Bibb County Superior Court Judge Edgar Ennis reversed the commissions decision — citing an appeal by the neighbors who filed a petition. 

“We got the judicial opinion today and we’ll have to review it with our counsel, but that will at some point come back to us,” Sarah Gerwig-Moore, the chair for Macon-Bibb’s Planning and Zoning Commission, said. 

She says she isn’t sure where the project stands. 

Smith hopes it’s gone for good and adds developers should take advantage of the space available. 

“There remains significant parcels of available potentially commercial lots up near the interstate,” Smith said. 

He says if planning and zoning moves forward with the development efforts again, he and his neighbors won’t quit fighting to keep construction away. 

“The last thing I think we need in Bibb County is commercial developments that sit empty,” Smith said. 

Gerwig-Moore tells me she isn’t sure if the Zebulon Road decision will be on the next planning and zoning commission meeting, but says she and others on the board will do what they think is right. 

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