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Developer planning 129-home subdivision on 186 acres in Lutz

By EVE LEBERSON

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 4, 2001


Another subdivision may be headed for Lutz. Woodshed Partners Inc. wants to rezone 186 acres in a rural area on Newberger Road, west of Livingston Road, so it can develop a 129-home subdivision.

According to the site plan, nearly 80 acres of the area is composed of wetlands. The remainder of the land will be used for homes and public right of way. The project also provides access driveways along Newberger Road and Collier Parkway. A traffic study prepared by King Engineering Associates Inc. concluded traffic conditions at the intersection of Newberger Road and U.S. 41 wouldn't be adversely affected by the proposed development. However, King reports that projected traffic at Newberger Road and Livingston Avenue during peak hours would cause substantial delays in travel time. King adds that the road improvements would be needed to accommodate more cars.

If commissioners approve the project, Woodshed plans to complete development by 2002. The undeveloped site is now used for agricultural purposes.

A zoning hearing master will hear the petition April 23. (Petition 01-0412)

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A land use hearing officer was scheduled to hear the following petitions Friday:

CARROLLWOOD: Sandi Brower, the owner of a home in the Hamlet subdivision off Smitter Road, withdrew her appeal of a zoning interpretation that halted construction of a second-story addition to her home. Brower wanted to add a second floor that would extend 8 feet beyond the first story on three sides, creating a U-shaped ground-floor patio. (Petition 01-0229)

LAKE MAGDALENE: The Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church wants to replace its 40-year-old sanctuary with one more than three times its size. The church at Fletcher and Paddock avenues seeks to expand the 350-seat facility to a 1,300-seat, 55,055-square-foot facility. The church also wants permission to use an adjacent property for parking. If the county approves the proposal, construction is scheduled to begin in January. (Petition 00-1289)

FOREST HILLS: Jim Stutzman of Stutzman Consulting Inc. wants a waiver that would allow beer and wine sales at a proposed restaurant on the south side of Fletcher, west of Ola Avenue. According to the petition, the property owner is renovating the building and planning 2,932 square feet of office space and a 4,000-square-foot restaurant on the 1-acre parcel. (Petition 01-0199)

Zoning hearing master Andrew A. Baker endorsed the following petition:

TOWN 'N COUNTRY: Albertson's Inc. seeks a rezoning of nearly 10 acres at the southeast corner of Sheldon Road and Waters Avenue to allow for construction of mini-warehouses and a retail/office project. The developer, Kennedy Frost Investments, wants to build either a 99,000-square-foot self-storage facility and 61,000 square feet for retail and office uses or 83,269 square feet for neighborhood commercial uses. County staff and the Planning Commission recommended approval of the petition. (Petition 00-1242)

Where and when

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. The zoning hearings begin at 6 p.m., and the commission meetings begin at 9 a.m. Both are televised on government access channels. The land-use hearing officer hearings, which are not televised, begin at 9 a.m. For information, call 272-5920.

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