Truck stops approved in Madison’s Commercial District

Tia Lynn Ivey News

The Madison Mayor and City Council unanimously approved a text amendment that allows for truck stops and travel plazas within Madison’s Commercial 4 (C4) District.

The request was filed by Stacy Tippin, who represents Chipola Engineering, an engineering firm out of Marianna, Fla. The company has been contracted to build a 16-acre truck stop and travel plaza for Love’s Travel Stop at the intersection of Georgia Highway 83 and Amtico Road.

No one spoke against the request during Monday night’s regular meeting.

Last month, the Madison Planning Commission, in a 3-1 vote, agreed to a text amendment that would allow for the placement of truck stops and travel centers and in a C-4 zone.

As reported in the Morgan County Citizen last month, according to Tippin, Love’s is currently under contract to purchase a 40-acre tract at the site. The project will have approximately eight acres of impervious surface, Tippen said. Once various state and local permitting issues are resolved, Tippen estimated it would take eight months to complete construction of the center.

According to Madison Planner Monica Callahan, two existing truck stops; TA Travel Center and Pilot Travel Center, are “legal, non-conforming uses…” in C4 zoning. Both TA and Pilot are located on U.S. 441 near Interstate 20.

The proposed Love’s Travel Center is also located on an Interstate 20 exit.

According to its website, there are 430 Love’s Travel Stop locations with more than 17,000 employees.

The proposed project will have to go before the Corridor Design Commission (CDC) before it can be built.

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