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Unwanted lots could be changed into park

Two of the most unmarketable lots in Cheval sit near a future portion of the Suncoast Parkway, a 42-mile toll road scheduled to open in 2001 that will run through part of this posh development.

So what should developers do with the land?

Build a neighborhood park.

That's what builder MHI Partnership Limited wants to do with two home sites measuring about 150 feet by 115 feet each. The builder has asked for a minor modification to change the property on Chemille Drive within Cheval's Village III from single-family lots to a park. Once completed, the park would cost about $30,000 and have playground equipment, a six-space parking lot, shade trees and a shelter.

The request goes to the County Commission July 14. (Petition RZ 98-857)

KEYSTONE: Back in January, when county commissioners okayed a proposal for a small office park at N Dale Mabry Highway and Geraci Road, the plan called for the complex to be set back from the road 30 feet.

The trouble was, the county actually required the setback at 40 feet. Now planners are asking for a modification to the rule to permit the original setback. Because the 5 acres is at a low elevation, planners have concerns about drainage and possible flooding.

Wetlands make it impractical to build in a continuous buffer for pedestrians or landscaping, according to private planner Michael D. Horner.

The County Commission will review the request July 14. (Petition PRS 98-858)

NORTHDALE: A zoning judge supported a plan for a 19,900-square-foot strip along N Dale Mabry, just north of Carrollwood Springs Boulevard, for a restaurant and two stores. The proposal was resubmitted this year after being denied in 1993. (Petition RZ 98-406)

The following requests will be heard by the zoning hearing master Monday:

NORTHDALE: Developer Todd Taylor's plan to build 152 homes east of Lakeshore Drive and south of Taylor Road will be brought to a zoning judge. Situated on 95 acres, the subdivision _ tentatively called Lakeshore Estates _ would have homes ranging from $150,000 to $250,000.

A rezoning would allow Taylor to build 1.6 homes per acre as opposed to the current zoning of one home per acre. (RZ 98-663)

KEYSTONE: Developers of the Eagles seek to change the classification just south of the property off Race Track Road from one home per acre to two homes per acre. The Eagles already won approval from planners to build 44 more homes than originally intended, but first it needs a land-use classification change. (Petition MM 98-507)

KEYSTONE: Lewis Hill has asked to rezone 55 acres on the south side of Tarpon Springs Road and east of Wayne Road for a subdivision of 35 homes. The land is currently zoned for one home per 5 acres. (Petition RZ 98-661)