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Developer has little support for plan

By EVE LEBERSON, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published April 7, 2002

LUTZ -- Mathematically, Pulte Homes needs 83 lots in front of VillaRosa to build a profitable neighborhood there. County planners said up to 73 would be acceptable. A zoning hearing master would only say that 83, and thus Pulte's rezoning request, is unacceptable.

So Pulte faces the Hillsborough County Commission on Tuesday with little support.

"We're in deep water," admitted the developer's attorney, John Grandoff III. "I think we're going to get clobbered, for all the wrong reasons."

Grandoff is particularly peeved that VillaRosa contains several homes, just its across its wall from the Pulte site, that are on smaller lots than any Pulte proposes.

But the planners applied a broader view. Overall, VillaRosa averages half-acre lots. Just across Lutz-Lake Fern Road, Cheval averages 1-acre lots.

The most lots Pulte deserves on a 36.7-acre cow pasture, they argued, is 73. (Petition 02-48)

CARROLLWOOD: Commissioners are also scheduled to hear a request that would allow developers to reduce corner lot setbacks within a recently approved, 17-acre subdivision off Mushinski Road, west of Indian Oaks Drive. The Planning and Growth Management Department has recommended approval of the request. (Petition 02-0507)

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A zoning hearing master is scheduled to hear the following petitions Monday and Tuesday: UPPER TAMPA BAY: Hunt and Hunt Properties is seeking a rezoning that would allow offices, retail space and a warehouse on nearly 29 acres along Hillsborough Avenue, west of Double Branch Road. (Petition 02-0135)

CARROLLWOOD: A local attorney wants a rezoning that would allow him to set up his law office in a 3,800-square-foot home on nearly 1 acre off Cain Road. (Petition 02-0307)

CITRUS PARK: First Citrus Bank wants permission to add office space to its existing bank at the corner of Sheldon Road and Gunn Highway. (Petition 02-0132)

LUTZ: A plan that was remanded by county commissioners earlier this year will again go before a zoning hearing master. The property owners of the 7 acres on Whitaker Road, east of U.S. Highway 41, are seeking permission to add open storage uses on their land. (Petition 02-0064)

CARROLLWOOD: Kennedy Investments wants a hearing master's approval of development plans that would include a self-service car wash and a quick lube station at the northeast corner of Ehrlich and Otto roads. (Petition 02-0211)

CARROLLWOOD: Long Bow Corporation wants a rezoning that would allow for the development of homes on nearly 10 acres along Himes Avenue, north of Hoedt Road. (Petition 01-1552)

CITRUS PARK: The owner of a 0.41-acre parcel on Pulitzer Road wants a rezoning that would allow a home office building. The property is now approved for a convenience store, a gas station and drive-through restaurant. (Petition 01-1518)

When and where

Hearings of county zoning hearing masters and land use hearing officers, and land use meetings of the County Commission, are held on the second floor of the County Center, 601 E Kennedy Blvd. Zoning hearings begin at 6 p.m., and commission meetings begin at 9 a.m. Both are televised on government access channels. Land use hearing officer hearings, which are not televised, begin at 9 a.m. For information, call (813) 272-5920. -- Staff writer Bill Coats contributed to this column.

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