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Zoning: Residents file suit against expansion

By EVE LEBERSON, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published June 9, 2002


ODESSA: Lake Hiawatha-area residents opposed to an expansion to Carrollwood Day School want a Hillsborough County Circuit Court judge to overturn a decision approving the $7-million project.

In a complaint filed May 31, a dozen residents say the Land Use Appeals Board's May 3 decision approving the 17-acre expansion violates the county comprehensive land use plan. They cite the City-County Planning Commission's opposition to the project, in which planners argued the project would be bigger than what the land use plan envisions for the area. The county's Planning and Growth Management department recommended approval with many conditions.

Carrollwood Day School is a K-8 school on Michigan Avenue, a narrow country road. Land Use Hearing Officer Harold Youmans initially said the expansion should not go ahead because middle schools must be connected to major roads. But he reversed himself after county planners found a section of state law stating a K-8 facility can be considered an elementary school. Elementary schools do not have to be on major roads.

School officials promised to limit enrollment to 400 students and said they were not interested in selling the existing campus to another school. Opponents said the new campus would create too much traffic and threaten water quality in Lake Hiawatha.

TOWN 'N COUNTRY: It's been a long, disappointing path for Incarnation Catholic School in its quest to get a sign at its main entrance at 5111 Webb Road.

It took the student council three years to raise enough money to pay for the new sign, which would have been posted last July. Then principal Carolyn J. Goslee informed the students that the company they ordered the sign from had closed, taking their sign and their money.

She called the company headquarters and a St. Petersburg franchise agreed to make another sign. Now the school needs county permission to install the sign, which is larger than county codes allow.

Goslee says the school has no sign at its entrance, making it difficult for people to find the school. A land use hearing officer is scheduled to hear the petition July 19. (Petition 02-0963)

TOWN 'N COUNTRY: Steven Weiss wants to rezone 2 acres at 6610 W Linebaugh Ave. The new zoning would allow him to operate Southern Aluminum Installations Inc., which installs pool enclosures. A zoning hearing officer is scheduled to hear the petition Aug. 5. (Petition 02-0990)

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County commissioners are scheduled to hear the following petitions on Tuesday: LUTZ: Windward Homes will present its plans for a 116-home subdivision on 40 acres off Livingston Avenue, south of Silver Forest Lane. Zoning hearing master Martin Smith Jr. is recommending the developer limit the project to 112 homes and construct a bridge instead of a road across the wetland area. He also wants the developer to build a 6-foot barrier wall along the south and west property lines. (Petition 02-0063)

CARROLLWOOD: Long Bow Corp. wants to develop a 37-home community on nearly 10 acres of undeveloped land at the north end of Himes Avenue, south of Hoedt Road. Minimum lot size would be 7,000 square feet. The site is now zoned for agricultural uses. County staffers and a zoning hearing master have endorsed the project. (Petition 01-1552)

UPPER TAMPA BAY: Hunt and Hunt Properties is proposing a business and industrial park for nearly 29 acres on Hillsborough Avenue, west of Double Branch Road. The project would include approximately 252,921 square feet of office and warehouse uses and 83,790 square feet of industrial uses. Zoning officials are endorsing the plan. (Petition 02-0135)

CARROLLWOOD: Commissioners will hear a request to convert a 3,800-square-foot home on Cain Road, north of Gunn Highway, into an office. County staff and a zoning hearing master say the project is not compatible with the surrounding area. (Petition 02-0307)

TOWN 'N COUNTRY: The owner of 8.76 acres on Wilsky Road, north of Bretton Wood Drive, wants a rezoning that would allow for a 24-home subdivision. The property is now zoned for commercial development. (Petition 02-0311)

CARROLLWOOD: Kennedy Investments wants to develop a quick-lube and car wash business on 0.73 acres at the northeast corner of Otto and Ehrlich roads. Zoning hearing master Andrew Baker and Planning & Growth Management staffers have conditionally endorsed the petition. The Planning Commission thinks the business is "incompatible with the adjacent residential land use pattern" and recommends denial of the project. (Petition 02-0211)

CITRUS PARK: First Citrus Bank wants to add a 4,000-square-foot office building to its bank at Sheldon and Hixon roads. County staffers and a zoning hearing master approve of the project. (Petition 02-0132)

LUTZ: Commissioners will decide if the owners of 7 acres on Whitaker Road, east of U.S. 41, can use the site for overnight commercial truck parking and boat or trailer storage. County staff approve of the project, subject to conditions. (Petition 02-0064)

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A zoning hearing master is scheduled to hear the following petitions this week: CARROLLWOOD: Joseph and Susie Chang want to develop a professional office park and dance school on 9 acres on Linebaugh Avenue, west of Gunn Highway. Buildings would range in size from 2,000 square feet to 8,000 square feet. (Petition 02-0522

LUTZ: A zoning hearing master will hear a request on Tuesday seeking permission to set up a residential office on a 0.23-acre parcel on Chapman Road, east of Florida Avenue. (Petition 02-0708)

NORTHDALE: Budget Rent-A Car wants the county to allow car rentals at the Pep Boys auto repair shop on N Dale Mabry Highway, north of Hoedt Road. The company plans to use 20 parking spaces in the Pep Boys lot for its business. (Petition 02-0518)

When and where

Hearings of Hillsborough County 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., commission meetings at 9 a.m. For information, call 272-5920. -- Times staff writer Josh Zimmer contributed to this column.

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