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Developers try again, this time with fewer houses

Times Staff Writer
Published October 3, 2003

LITHIA: Transcend Development Corp. is asking Hillsborough County to rezone 39 acres at the northeast corner of Dorman and Browning roads to planned development. The property currently is zoned for one home per 5 acres.

A request to rezone the property to one home per acre was denied in June. Although a zoning official recommended approval of the request from property owners Richard and Miko Longanecker, the County Commission denied it. The Longaneckers' plan called for 39 homes on the site. Residents in the surrounding area opposed their plans, expressing concern that the 1-acre lots would not be compatible with the neighborhood. They also worried that the new homes would exacerbate traffic and drainage problems, and put a strain on local schools and police and fire rescue service.

In its report, the county staff said that affected roads, schools and other services would continue to operate acceptably if only 24 homes were built.

The new proposal calls for 26 homes on the parcel.

A zoning hearing official is scheduled to review the petition Dec. 15. (Petition 03-1630)

RUSKIN: Metro Development Group wants to rezone 286 acres to planned development on the south side of 21st Avenue between First Street and Interstate 75. The property, owned by Artesian Farms, currently is zoned for one home per acre in some parts and one per 5 acres in others. Metro Development wants to build up to 1,146 homes in five villages on the land. The site plan also shows a 5-acre park with a community center adjacent to a borrow pit that would have a fishing dock and boat access.

The Metro Development Group request meant that about 6,957 homes have either been approved or are seeking approval in Ruskin.

A zoning hearing official is scheduled to review the request. Dec. 15. (Petition 03-1628)

SEFFNER: Scott K. Haas wants to rezone 4.8 acres on the west side of County Road 579 south of Colony Hill Drive to planned development so he can build 43 townhomes on the site. The current zoning allows one home per acre. A zoning hearing official is scheduled to consider the request Dec. 15. (Petition 03-1618)

BRANDON: Robert Valdez, the owner of the Manhattan Hairstyling Academy, wants the county to modify the zoning on 2 acres between Lakewood Drive and Morrison Avenue south of State Road 60. Valdez, who has schools in Tampa and Valrico, wants to build a mixed-use development with room for a third school on the site.

The 27,156-square-foot project would feature four buildings, each 6,769 square feet, with one of them set aside as a beauty school. Manhattan Hairstyling wants to lease the other three buildings as retail or office space.

If approved, Manhattan Hairstyling would build its school building and one retail/office building off Lakewood. The other two buildings would be built later off Morrison Avenue, according to the petition.

The County Commission will make a final decision on the request Tuesday. (Petition 03-0974)

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. All hearings before a zoning hearing master begin at 6 p.m. on Mondays or Tuesdays; commission meetings begin at 9 a.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. Both are televised on government access channels. Land use hearing officer hearings, which are not televised, begin at 9 a.m. every third Friday. Basic information about each petition is available online at petition date. For information, call 276-2058.

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