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Site plan flawed, architectural plans for new sanctuary on hold

By EVE LEBERSON

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 6, 2001


LAKE MAGDALENE: An oversight in architectural plans has stalled the development of a new sanctuary for the Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church.

Last year the church at Fletcher and Paddock avenues won county approval to redevelop its 15,750-square-foot sanctuary. But after the permit was granted, it was found that initial site plans failed to account for wall thickness, balcony space and mechanical mezzanines. The miscalculation forced the church last week to file a new request asking for permission to develop a 22,313-square-foot sanctuary.

A land use hearing officer will hear the petition June 8. (Petition 01-0759)

NEW TAMPA: Potential buyers of Live Oak Village seek county permission to modify plans for the 1,285-acre project north of Pebble Creek on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard and County Line Road.

Live Oak Realty submitted the request for an additional development plan for the site. Existing plans call for 1,590 homes and a golf course. The alternative plan eliminates the golf course and reduces the size of home lots. The future developer will choose which plan to use.

According to the petition, the sale of the property is contingent upon obtaining county approval for the request.

Hillsborough County commissioners will hear the petition June 26. (Petition 01-0736)

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. Zoning hearings begin at 6 p.m. and 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 (813) 272-5920.

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