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Developer seeks less strict zoning

Some wetland setback requirements on a 9-acre parcel north of Pinecrest Drive are entirely too strict for a developer's taste.

When the developer sought rezoning four years ago for Heather Manor subdivision for 1-acre lots, the county's Environmental Protection Commission had set aside more than 3 acres for wetlands, according to Hung Mai, who is representing petitioner Andria Troutman. These setback requirements were so strict that the "average house could not be placed within the remaining space," Mai says.

As another option, Mai is asking the county to rezone the property from its current one home per acre classification to two homes per acre. That would provide room for six half-acre lots.

The request goes to a zoning hearing master March 1. (Petition RZ 99-306)

NORTHDALE: The developers of the Northdale Plaza Office Complex on the southeast corner of Northdale and Mapledale boulevards want to make the most of their property by playing catch-up.

Back in the '80s, when the county approved a maximum gross floor area for 144,000 square feet, only 96,936 square feet was ultimately constructed on one parcel, leaving 7,064 square feet that also could have been developed, but wasn't. It was understood that the second parcel would be developed for an additional 40,000 square feet of office space at a later time.

Now applicant Tampa Bay Engineering Inc. is hoping the county will allow it to add the 7,064 square feet to the approved 40,000 square feet. The request goes to the County Commission Feb. 9. (Petition PRS 99-288)

CARROLLWOOD: About 6 acres at the southwest corner of Lynn and Anderson roads could be rezoned for commercial space. Petitioner Russell Thomas, who is representing JFJ Investments Inc., seeks rezoning approval from the land's current residential zoning to commercial general. The application goes before a zoning hearing master March 1. (Petition RZ 99-297)

The following items have been endorsed by the land-use hearing officer:

NEW TAMPA: As long as a few conditions are met, the land-use hearing officer supports a request for a drive-through restaurant menu box at a planned deli at the northeast corner of Bruce B. Downs Boulevard and N 37th Street. Some of those conditions include that the hours of operation for drive-through service do not extend beyond 9 p.m. and that the applicant install a 6-foot high fence along each boundary that is next to homes. (Petition VAR 99-102)

NEW TAMPA: The land-use hearing officer says yes to a wet zoning request for Amigo's restaurant at 19651 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. The cafe can now serve alcohol. (Petition SU 99-106)

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.