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Land owner may delay wildlife rezoning

By Times staff
© St. Petersburg Times
published February 23, 2003

KEYSTONE: A decision on land key to a tri-county wildlife corridor may take several more months.

Kay O'Rourke is seeking a rezoning of 1,681 acres to allow for a 227-home development south of the Pasco County border. But before she can take her plans to the board, she must convert county-designated right of way for roads and easements to private property. The large-lot rezoning was scheduled to be heard by the Hillsborough County Commission Tuesday but may be rescheduled to June 10 if board members agree to her request.

Zoning Hearing Master Martin Smith recommended approval, as did county planners.

Many environmentalists, homeowners and officials from Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties want her to sell the property to the public as part of a 35,000-acre wildlife corridor stretching from the Brooker Creek Preserve to the Starkey Wilderness Park. (Petition 02-1061)

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UNIVERSITY: Phillip and Sandra Joyner have applied to rezone property at Florida and 138th avenues to allow for a machine shop to serve automotive, all-terrain vehicle, boat and personal watercraft dealerships.

The land, owned by the Tampa Postal District Federal Credit Union, is on the southeast corner of the intersection. (Petition 03-505)

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TOWN 'N COUNTRY: Town & Country Hospital has refiled a request that would allow a 630-space parking lot adjacent to its facility on Webb Road. The original proposal was submitted as a minor modification, but the applicant had to resubmit the request as a major modification because of the use changes involved. The property is now zoned for a 106-bed residential home an 5,000-square-foot child center. County commissioners are scheduled to vote on the request April 28. (Petition 03-0497)

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The following items are scheduled to go before a zoning hearing master starting at 6 p.m. Monday:

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CARROLLWOOD: A developer is coming back with his second plan to build a 23-home subdivision on land where Bern's Steak House once grew its own vegetables.

The commission wanted more details on where Hung Mai would place homes on the 43-acre site and where access to the property would be.

In an initial recommendation last year, Zoning Hearing Master Andrew Baker disagreed with some residents who said the development would threaten wildlife and create traffic problems. The developer would leave 20 acres untouched and build a road extending from the southeastern portion of the property to Hampton Village Drive.

The county's Department of Planning and Growth Management is recommending approval with conditions. The proposal is scheduled to go before the commission on April 8. (Petition 02-0790)

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KEYSTONE: Thomas Development wants to transform a mixed-use zoning off Gunn Highway into a 41-home subdivision.

Thomas is requesting a major modification of a provision that allows for up to 116,000 square feet of commercial space on the property, located on the west side of Gunn between the Farmington and Keystone Manors subdivisions. Instead, Thomas wants permission to build up to 3.16 homes per acre on the 13-acre property.

The commercial space was approved as part of a 72-acre rezoning in 1981.

Although the area is zoned for two homes per acre, Thomas says the project should qualify as infill development. Approval would qualify it for a residential density bonus.

An analysis by the county Department of Planning and Growth Management estimates a housing development would generate much less car traffic. (Petition 03-0252)

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UPPER TAMPA BAY: Davis Development wants to build 336 multifamily units at the southwest corner of Hillsborough Avenue and Double Branch Road.

Davis is seeking a major modification to a mixed-use development approved in 1996 allowing for 170,000 square feet of commercial space, along with 25 single-family homes on the property's eastern side and 316 apartments on the west side. County planners are recommending approval.

The proposal is scheduled to go before the commission on April 8. (Petition 03-0247)

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CITRUS PARK: County planners are recommending approval of a proposed mixed-use development across from the new Outback Steakhouse on Sheldon Road.

The rezoning would allow for up to 33,450 square feet of commercial/business space with upper-floor apartments, as well as 24 condominiums.

The 8.6-acre property is on the east side of Sheldon Road about 100 feet south of Westwind Drive. The proposal is scheduled to go before the commission on April 8. (Petition 02-1445)

CITRUS PARK: A proposed 40-home subdivision near Westfield Shoppingtown Citrus Park merits approval with conditions, county planners say.

The 16-acre site is located at the southeast corner of Gant and Cain roads, north of Gunn Highway and east of the Veterans Expressway.

The commission is scheduled to hear the proposal on April 8. (Petition 03-0116)

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UPPER TAMPA BAY: A rezoning that would allow up to six homes on 7.7 acres of environmentally sensitive land off Memorial Highway fits the county's comprehensive land use plan, according to county planners.

On Monday a zoning hearing master will hear the proposal, which would include 1.3 acres of habitat preservation.

The commission is scheduled to review the planned development proposal on April 8. (Petition 03-0219)

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LUTZ: Bell Vita wants to develop 13 half-acre lots on a 10-acre development on Indian Mound Road, west of Byrd Lake.

Developers hope to begin construction within three months of county approval. County planners are recommending approval.

The commission is scheduled to review the proposal on April 8. (Petition 03-0248)

TOWN 'N COUNTRY: Campo Enterprises wants to rezone 9 acres at the end of Manhattan Avenue for 60 townhomes.

The 5.95-acre property is about 400 feet from Humphrey Street. County planners are recommending approval.

The commission is scheduled to review the case on April 8. (Petition 03-0255)

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CITRUS PARK: County planners are recommending approval of a 6,000-square-foot free-standing retail store on .62 acres at the north side of Citrus Park Drive, west of Easy Street.

The plan would not include gas stations or convenience stores with gas stations. The proposal is scheduled to go before the commission on April 8. (Petition 03-0254)

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The following requests are on the consent agenda of Tuesday's commission land use meeting starting at 9 a.m.:

TOWN 'N COUNTRY: Wal-Mart Stores East, Inc. wants a major modification of its 1984 rezoning to create a superstore on N. Dale Mabry by increasing the size of its current 97,800-square-foot building by more than 21,000 square feet. Land Use Hearing Officer John Crislip is recommending approval.

The store is about 800 feet south of Waters Avenue. (Petition 03-0043)

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LUTZ: Zoning judge Martin Smith is recommending denial of a proposed seven-home village with four office buildings, saying it would be inappropriate on a northern stretch of U.S. 41. If the commission agrees, land owners Dara Khoyi and Robert Kelly will be left with the current zoning for some 20 houses.

Both developers hope to live and work on the property. They said the U.S. 41 frontage is more suited to offices than houses since the highway was widened to six lanes in 1998. But Smith disagreed. The property's 26 acres allow for houses to be set back from the road, Smith wrote. (Petition 02-1309)

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LUTZ: Chris McNeal has submitted a rezoning proposal to build nine homes on 4.85 acres north of Smitter Road. Smith is recommending approval, with the condition that no more than nine townhouses are built on the site 700 feet west of Cherry Lane Drive.

County planners recommended approval. (Petition 02-1148)

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CARROLLWOOD: A proposed rezoning for up to 9,000 square feet of office and warehouse space south of Linebaugh Avenue received a recommendation of approval from Land Use Hearing Officer John Crislip. The .69-acre property is one-quarter mile west of Henderson Road.

County planners recommended approval. (Petition 02-1289)

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CARROLLWOOD: Mark Weiss' application to turn a house into 3,500 square feet of office space got a boost when Crislip recommended approval of his application to rezone the 0.68-acre property from six homes per acre to a planned development. The hearing was held Jan. 13.

The property is on the west side of Orange Grove Drive about 250 feet south of Stall Road. Planning and Growth recommends approval. Although the proposal does not comply with the comprehensive plan, the Planning Commission says it qualifies for an exception because the property cannot be used for residential development. The proposal goes before the commission on Tuesday. (Petition 02-1444)

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UNIVERSITY AREA: Frank Sufka wants to modify a 1980 planned development to allow a .68-acre portion to be used for up to 9,953 square feet of storage building space. Under the proposal for the 33-acre parcel, up to 3,981 of the new space could be used for neighborhood commercial uses.

Crislip recommended approval. So did county planners. (Petition 03-0042)

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LUTZ: Crislip is recommending approval of an application to rezone 1.19 acres to allow for the construction of an additional home on property at Cozumel Drive and Bearss Avenue.

The land, at the northwest corner of Cozumel and Bearss, currently is zoned for one home per acre. County planners recommended approval. (Petition 03-0155)

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LUTZ: Crislip recommended approval of an application to allow three single-family homes on 1.21-acres at N 20th St., now zoned one home per acre.

County planners recommended approval.(Petition 03-0173)

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The following items are scheduled to be heard by a zoning hearing master Tuesday starting at 6 p.m.:

KEYSTONE: Herschel Bentley is applying to build up to 3,200 square feet of professional office space south of N Mobley Road.

The 1.96-acre property is about 500 feet east of Gunn Highway. County planners are recommending approval.

The commission is scheduled to hear the proposed rezoning on April 8. (Petition 03-0025)

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UNIVERSITY: UC2 Partners is seeking a major modification that would allow it to sell motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles and personal watercraft off College Circle and Pine Street. County planners are recommending approval.

The land is on 19.4-acres approved in 1983 as a planned development, which allowed the owners to develop up to 191,224 square feet of commercial space. The land is now zoned for a 1,700-seat movie theater. (Petition 03-0045)

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