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Neighborhood Report

MacDill area talk draws few

There are two more opportunities to weigh in on real estate development around the Air Force base. The next one will occur Thursday

Published June 30, 2006

City officials are off to a slow start in collecting feedback about a plan to keep high-density housing out of potential crash zones near MacDill Air Force Base.

The first of a series of public workshops, held Tuesday night, was poorly attended, with only four residents present.

The city started the Joint Land Use Study a year ago to figure out how to protect the area around the base from overdevelopment.

The study's policy committee consists of Mayor Pam Iorio, Air Force Wing Commander Col. Margaret Woodward, City Council member John Dingfelder and County Commissioner Kathy Castor.

City and Air Force officials presented the committee's recommendations at the Gandy Civic Association Hall on Tuesday.

The study divides the area around the base into three main zones. The suggestions call for halting development in the clear zone, the land closest to the base.

The maximum density of the other two zones would be reduced from 10 units per acre to six units per acre. In one of those zones, the one closer to MacDill, only single-family, detached homes would be allowed.

Existing homes and businesses can stay as they are.

Some neighbors said they are glad the city is making an effort to guard the base from encroachment.

"There's many of us that wonder why you haven't done this long ago," said Kim Allen, who lives in the West Shore area.

Future workshops will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and July 10 at the Gandy Civic Association Hall, 4207 W Oklahoma Ave.

The study and recommendations will be presented to the City Council for approval July 20.

Jonnelle Marte can be reached at or 813 226-3404.

[Last modified June 29, 2006, 10:58:49]

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