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Huge Apollo Beach plan moves forward

Apollo Beach: A cluster of condominiums, retail and office space has moved one step closer to confirmation. Council Bay Farms presented its case to a zoning hearing master Monday.

The 73-acre property is south of Leisey Road between U.S. 41 and the CSX railroad tracks. The proposal includes 296 condos, 300,000 square feet of retail space, and 335,000 square feet for offices and warehouses.

The developer is seeking a rezoning from agricultural to a planned development. The development would complement Waterset, an emerging community to the east with 4,500 residences. The plan relies in part on Newland Communities, which is developing Waterset, completing a required extension of Leisey Road.

The proposal goes to the County Commission on Jan. 9. (PETITION 06-1035)

Gibsonton: After neighborhood opposition, a developer has modified a plans for townhouses and commercial space on nearly 4 acres northwest of Gibsonton Drive and Old Gibsonton Drive. Craftsmar Construction and Development wants to rezone the property from agricultural and residential to a planned development.

The developer altered the original request, which called for 39 houses or townhouses, to commercial property and no residential.

Property owners east and west of the site say the project would create overcrowding.

A zoning hearing master recommended denial of the request in June, and the developer modified the application.

By eliminating residences, Craftsmar reduced the size of the project from nearly 10 acres to 4. The request goes to county commissioners Jan. 9. (PETITION 06-0855)

Thonotosassa: A developer hopes to build a commercial and light industrial park called Jackson Commons at the northwest corner of Jackson Road and U.S. 301. Property owners at Resolution Properties Trust hope to attract businesses like accounting firms, contractors and warehouses on 6 acres.

The company wants to modify its planned development zoning to build six buildings totaling 70,000 square feet.

The developer appeared before a zoning hearing master Monday. The County Commission will hear the request Jan. 9. (PETITION 06-1923)

Andrew Meacham can be reached at 661-2431 or