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Building density rules snag Dunedin Causeway apartment plan



DUNEDIN -- A proposal to build upscale apartments on the Dunedin Causeway hit a snag Wednesday night after the state raised questions about how many units the complex can include.

Arcadia Luxury Apartments developers want to build 26 units on a vacant 1.2-acre lot at 265 Causeway Blvd. But Pinellas County building density rules cap rental units at 24 per acre, and Dunedin code stipulates 15 units per acre.

Dunedin last month applied for approval from the county, region and state to tweak city guidelines to match Pinellas’ standards. The county and region have said okay.

However, Dunedin planning and development director Greg Rice received word Wednesday from the state that Dunedin’s request is unlikely to be approved. That’s because the property is in a coastal high hazard zone and the project might impact evacuation routes and shelter space, he said. The matter is still under review and Rice expects an official answer by next week.

Dunedin’s Local Planning Agency, a citizen advisory board that makes recommendations to the City Commission, was supposed to consider developers’ plans Wednesday. But they postponed the discussion until their next meeting at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at City Hall, 542 Main St.

This latest delay follows an LPA meeting last month, in which members told developers they couldn't evaluate plans that were inaccurate and incomplete.

The developers have said that the project would bring local construction jobs and attract revenue-generating residents. City staff hopes year-round residency at the complex would increase business for causeway merchants, who currently rely on traffic from seasonal residents and struggle during summer months.

-- Keyonna Summers, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Thursday, January 12, 2012 5:11pm]


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