Macon organizations try to preserve historic districts

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Macon-Bibb’s Planning and Zoning Commission wants to rework the steps people go through to make changes to homes in historic districts. 41NBC’s Alexa Rodriguez found out why Historic Macon wants to be involved in the process.

“When you think about Macon, the thing about our economic viability, it is our historic buildings, it is these historic neighborhoods, it is the historic character,” said Ethiel Garlington, the Executive Director of Historic Macon.

Garlington feels rules for making changes to homes in Macon’s historic districts need to be reworked to keep Macon’s charm.

“We really believe that this design review process is critical to saving these places,” explained Garlington.

If you want to make a major change to a historic district property, the design review board has to approve it before it goes to planning and zoning, according to Garlington.

Last summer, planning and zoning proposed several changes to the design review process. Historic Macon and nine other organizations spoke out against them.

“One of the changes we suggested was making sure the design review board stays in place. Back last summer, they had actually proposed with doing away with that board completely,” explained Garlington.

Garlington said planning and zoning didn’t bring the topic up again until earlier this month.

“We were sort of caught off guard and surprised,” said Garlington.

The group requested planning and zoning deffer Monday’s agenda item.

“We are pleased that the planning and zoning commission did, indeed, table that. We’re also pleased to say that we have a meeting scheduled with planning and zoning staff and commissioners April 19th,” explained Garlington.

Garlington is happy planning and zoning is willing to hear the community’s concerns.

“Because after all, this design review process is our most important tool as a community to help preserve our historic buildings,” said Garlington.

Historic Macon’s meeting with planning and zoning is scheduled for April 19th at 5 p.m. Garlington said it is open to the public.

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