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School site poses some zoning issues

KEYSTONE: The Hillsborough County School District's request for a new elementary school at Gunn Highway and N Mobley Road is getting mixed reviews from zoning officials. The proposed 950-student school is winning the Planning Commission's support. The Planning & Growth Management staff, however, sees potential traffic and pedestrian concerns, as well as design problems which would be out of character with the surrounding rural neighborhood.

A zoning hearing master is scheduled to consider the application at a hearing Tuesday . (Petition 04-0061)

A zoning hearing master is scheduled to hear the following petitions on Monday:

LUTZ: Greg Van Bebber will ask for a rezoning that would allow 7,000 square feet of office uses on the east side of U.S. 41, north of Lakeside Drive. The revised plan for the new Van Bebber & Associates Inc. headquarters includes buildings with residential architectural features to ensure the development is "consistent with the character of the Lutz community," the Planning Commission said. (Petition 03-1640)

CARROLLWOOD: Waterford Construction and Development wants to build five office buildings with 17,000 square feet of space on Ehrlich Road, across from Ben Hill Middle School. (Petition 04-0183)

TOWN 'N COUNTRY: The owner of 1.4 acres at the southeast corner of Memorial Highway and Civic Road wants to build a three-story building with 22,080 square feet of office space on the site. Plans call for residential-style buildings surrounded by enhanced landscaping. (Petition 04-0178)

TOWN 'N COUNTRY: Mike Scanio of American General Water Systems wants to discuss a major modification to a planned development that would allow a water treatment supply store on 2.86 acres at the northwest corner of Pinehurst Circle and Waters Avenue. The changes would permit 6,000 square feet of offices and 4,500 square feet for a sales and service office. (Petition 04-0182)

CARROLLWOOD: Tony and Deborah Ferguson, the owners of 6.6 acres off Lake Magdalene Boulevard, want to postpone discussion on a major modification request that would allow the relocation of a helicopter landing pad on the property. According to the petition, the Fergusons applied for the change after a neighbor complained about the existing helistop off Lake Magdalene Boulevard. The application will likely be rescheduled for the Feb. 24 meeting. (Petition 04-0102)

LUTZ: Neighbors and the developer hope to postpone Monday's hearing on a proposed "big box" shopping center on the site of the Golf Grove driving range on Bearss Avenue just east of Nebraska Avenue. Following a neighborhood meeting Thursday, the groups decided too many issues were unresolved. (Petition 03-1124)

The following petitions are scheduled for Tuesday's ZHM hearing:

CITRUS PARK: Zoning staff is not supporting a proposal to rezone 7.5 acres on the west side of Sheldon Road, north of Citrus Park Drive. Carolina Holdings Inc. wants to develop four homes and 30,000 square feet of commercial businesses on the property. But the Planning Commission said the project "would be out of character with the residential development pattern along this side of Sheldon Road." (Petition 03-1582).

LAKE MAGDALENE: Waterford Construction seeks a rezoning of 10 acres on Bearss Avenue, west of Lake Magdalene Boulevard, so the company can develop 65,000 square feet of offices. The company had originally asked for 70,360 square feet of space, but trimmed it down after county commissioners remanded the petition back to a ZHM. (Petition 03-1244)

KEYSTONE: Leslie Land Corp. wants to postpone discussion of a request to make changes to its 425-acre Highland Park town center development off Race Track Road. The company is asking permission to build more houses by eliminating space planned for office, institutional, cultural and residential uses. The project will likely be rescheduled for the Feb. 24 ZHM hearing. (Petition 04-0066)

County commissioners approved the following applications last week:

WESTCHASE: DBW Enterprises Inc. may expand an industrial project planned for 25 acres on Linebaugh Avenue, east of Race Track Road. The company now has permission to build a larger ministorage facility, increase building heights and eliminate a planned road connecting the development to an adjacent property. (Petition 03-1598)

CARROLLWOOD: S.W. Properties of Tampa Inc. won a rezoning that will allow a 45-home subdivision on 10 acres off Mushinski Road, west of Indian Oaks Drive. (Petition 03-1604)

CARROLLWOOD: Townhomes are coming to 2.5 acres on Linebaugh Avenue, east of Lake Oak Circle. (Petition 03-1629)

CARROLLWOOD: William King may carve his 1.6-acre Shaw Road property north of Ehrlich Road into three lots. (Petition 04-0079)

TOWN 'N COUNTRY: T.L.C. Carpet Cleaning Inc. may use a half-acre at the southwest corner of Bridle Path Lane and Benjamin Road for warehouse and office uses. (Petition 04-0086)

TOWN 'N COUNTRY: GR Partners LLC now has another development option for an 11.3-acre site on George Road, south of Hillsborough Avenue. Board members unanimously approved the proposal to build 8,000 square feet of commercial uses and 178,000 square feet for offices. The company is also allowed to build 312,500 square feet of offices and a 360-room hotel. (Petition 03-1591)

When and where

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. All hearings before a zoning hearing master begin at 6 p.m. on Mondays or Tuesdays; commission meetings begin at 9 a.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. Both are televised on government access channels. Land use hearing officer hearings, which are not televised, begin at 9 a.m. every third Friday. Basic information about each petition is available online at http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/ pgm/zoning/hearings.html hearing date. For information, call 276-2058.

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