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Equestrian community proposal moves forward

By EVE LEBERSON, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published October 20, 2002

KEYSTONE: A proposal to develop an equestrian community on a 2.6-square-mile tract in northwest Hillsborough County moved one step closer to fruition after it won a zoning hearing master's recommendation.

Nearly a dozen residents turned up for last month's zoning hearing to voice concern over potential environmental and traffic problems that may be caused by the development. But zoning hearing master Martin H. Smith recommended that county commissioners vote to allow the 1,681-acre project, along with several conditions recommended by Smith and the planning staff.

Plans for the development, which would stretch along the north side of Tarpon Spring Road up to the Pasco County line, include 2.5- to 5-acre ranch homes, stables, horse trails and a bed and breakfast.

County commissioners are expected to vote on the proposal Nov. 12. (Petition 02-1061)

ODESSA: Smith also endorsed a request by Jon and Cathy Tileston to move their Carrollwood law office to the northwest corner of Gunn Highway and Donna Lu Drive. The Tilestons plan to combine an existing duplex with a third building where they would operate Tileston Property. (Petition 02-1045)

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County Commissioners are scheduled to hear the following proposals at Tuesday's land-use hearing:

LUTZ: A developer is seeking the county's approval of a rezoning that would allow for a 27-home subdivision adjacent to the Hampton Lakes community north of Bearss Avenue.

If the request is approved, the 23-acre site, once used to harvest vegetables served at Bern's Steak House, could soon be divided into 10,000-square-foot lots.

Commissioners are also expected to hear a companion petition that would allow for an access road into the subdivision from the Hampton Lakes neighborhood. (Petitions 02-0790 and 02-1265)

TOWN 'N COUNTRY: The Wal-Mart on W Waters Avenue wants to expand its garden center, reduce the number of parking spaces at the store and add seasonal enclosed storage in its northeast parking lot. (Petition 02-0335)

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UPPER TAMPA BAY: Ariel Quintela, president of A-Investment Development Corp., is asking the the county to rezone 3.25 acres at the southeast corner of State Street and Honeybee Lane. The rezoning would allow three homes to the acre. (Petition 02-1027)

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 272-5920.

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