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Main Street landowner: Tweak some zoning rules

The largest landowner in the proposed Brandon Main Street corridor told a zoning hearing officer Monday that some of the land-use regulations under consideration will make it impossible to lure developers.

Paul Guagliardo, whose family owns 70 acres in the 290-acre project, said 13 of his acres will be undevelopable if the county approves the zoning restrictions as written.

The county plans to rezone 290 suburban acres that will make up Brandon Main Street, envisioned by residents and county officials as an urban downtown.

Main Street is the area between Lakewood and Pauls drives, and the Brandon Parkway and Oakfield Drive.

The proposed zoning changes reflect special rules and design guidelines for the project approved by the County Commission in November.

The land within Main Street, now approved largely for agricultural use, would be divided into four "districts" with varying standards for residential density and nonresidential use.

The districts include a main town center; a second, less dense town center; a neighborhood support district along Oakfield Drive; and a gateway district along Pauls between Oakfield and State Road 60. The idea is to guide private developers through the creation of a neotraditional mix of shops, homes, offices and civic space.

At Monday's hearing, Guagliardo said his family is on board with proposed zoning for 55 acres of their land, but 13 acres on the west side of Lakewood Drive in the Town Center II district could not be developed.

The parcel contains a large creek, and access to it was limited by rules when the Crosstown Expressway was built. That prevents the required grid-patterned streets or stipulations regarding building locations.

Guagliardo wants the county to consider applying a tweaked version of the gateway zoning rules for the property, said his attorney, Vincent Marchetti. If that's not possible, Guagliardo wants his parcel pulled from Main Street.

In the meantime, Marchetti has filed a petition to rezone the property to a standard commercial zoning.

"We're looking for more of a conventional retail development on the west side of Lakewood like everybody else has," Marchetti said.

Baker should offer his recommendations by Feb. 16. The County Commission is scheduled to consider the Brandon Main Street zoning changes March 9. (Petition 04-0318)

PALM RIVER: The Hillsborough County Commission on Tuesday denied a request from Marisela Perera to rezone 9.5 acres on the southwest corner of 12th Avenue and Maydell Drive to planned development. Perera wanted to build 19 single-family homes and 28 townhomes on the property. Community members, who fought the plans for months, burst into applause when commissioners voted unanimously against the project. (Petition 03-0973)

The County Commission approved the following zoning requests at its land-use meeting Tuesday.

BRANDON: James Antunano received a modification to the zoning of 9.78 acres on Bloomingdale Avenue east of Bell Shoals to expand a veterinary clinic, animal hospital, and commercial and office space. (Petition 03-1616)

RIVERVIEW: Commissioners okayed a request from Burcaw and Associates to rezone 117 acres on the west side of Balm-Riverview Road, 400 feet south of Tucker Road, to planned development. The developer wants to put 400 single-family homes on the property. (Petition 03-1470)

SABAL PARK: JPV Investments got a zoning modification on 14 acres on the west side of U.S. 301 just north of Sabal Industrial Boulevard to allow a 32,000-square-foot nightclub. (Petition 03-1476)

THONOTOSASSA: The Compass Rose Foundation got 10.5 acres at the southwest corner of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Riga boulevards rezoned from manufacturing to planned development. The change allows Compass Rose to use an existing 30,307-square-foot building on the site as a temporary educational facility and as office space, and then build up to 250,000 square feet for a professional school for 900 students, faculty and staffers. (Petition 03-1607)

APOLLO BEACH: The Diocese of St. Petersburg got 21.67 acres on U.S. 41 north of Big Bend Road rezoned from agricultural industrial to manufacturing. The decision will allow Maronda Homes, which is considering buying the property, to manufacture components for its home building operation. (Petition 04-0098)

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