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'Village' facing uphill battle

By Times staff
© St. Petersburg Times
published January 12, 2003

LUTZ: An embattled application that would set a precedent for a sparsely developed mile of U.S. 41 goes before a zoning judge Tuesday evening. The county's planners oppose the request, for a village of homes and offices, because land-use plans call for Hillsborough's northernmost stretch of U.S. 41 to stay residential.

But developer Dara Khoyi, who plans to live and work in the finished project, is pressing on. The 21-acre tract off Lake Kell is zoned for 25 half-acre lots. Khoyi contends his plan -- for eight large houses, 16,000-square-feet of offices and a 1,500-square-foot clubhouse with tennis courts and a swimming pool -- would be better for Lutz.

Planners said they wouldn't support the development, specifically the addition of office uses, because it could set "a precedent to further expand office uses along this portion of U.S. 41." (Petition 02-1309)

Monday night, another batch of rezonings is to be heard:

TOWN 'N COUNTRY: A zoning hearing master will hear plans for a 168-unit apartment complex proposed for the east side of Kelly Road, south of Hillsborough Avenue. Plans include seven buildings, a clubhouse and a pool. County staff is endorsing the plan but placed restrictions on buffering and architectural design. (Petition 03-0049)

CARROLLWOOD: County staff is finally supporting a development plan for 4.85 acres north of Smitter Road, west of Cherry Lane Drive.

The applicant had failed to win staff approval of a proposed 14,000-square-foot office development and a 20-unit townhouse complex. The new plan asks permission to build nine single-family attached homes. (Petition 02-1148)

TOWN 'N COUNTRY: An applicant proposes to build a 9,000-square-foot warehouse development on 0.69 acres on Linebaugh Avenue, west of Henderson Road. (Petition 02-1289)

LUTZ: Morton and Pearl Skoll want to combine two sites at the southeast corner of 149th Avenue and 20th Street into one zoning designation. They hope to use the property for three mobile homes. (Petition 03-0173)

CARROLLWOOD: Mark Weiss of Mark-It Realty Group wants to convert a 65-year-old home on Orange Grove Drive, south of Stall Road, into a a 3,500-square-foot residential office building. (Petition 02-1444)

County commissioners are expected to vote on the following proposals Tuesday:

NORTHDALE: A 52-home subdivision could be coming to the northwest corner of Lakeshore and Wilcox roads. Lot sizes would range from 8,540 to 10,125 square feet. The 18.5-acre property, just west of Northdale, is now zoned for homes and farming. (Petition 02-1274)

TOWN 'N COUNTRY: Two acres on the east side of Sheldon Road, south of Waters Avenue, could be used for townhomes. Navpreet and Harveer Randhawa plan to build 3- or 4-bedroom, 2-bath villas with 2-car garages. Current zoning now allows for single-family homes. (Petition 02-1419)

UPPER TAMPA BAY: A Hillsborough County fire station is being proposed for the southwest corner of Pistol Range Road and Montague Street. (Petition 03-0014)

TOWN 'N COUNTRY: Adolfo Rubio is seeking county permission to develop a 17,500-square foot office and warehouse development with a 3,200-square-foot retail store on the south side of Linebaugh Avenue, west of Henderson Road. (Petition 02-1314)

CARROLLWOOD: The board is expected to approve a request to operate a car rental office within the Verizon Center on Dale Mabry Highway, south of Floyd Road. Avis Rent-A-Car plans to use 10 parking spaces for its rental cars and customer parking in the 60-spot lot of the 11,315-square-foot plaza. (Petition 02-1068)

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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