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Rezoning would add 203 homes in Simmons Loop

Riverview: A developer is preparing to launch another subdivision in the growing Simmons Loop area. Ha-Len Simmons Ranch wants to rezone 147 acres between Simmons Loop and Interstate 75 and south of Mary Lou Drive from agricultural to planned development.

The proposal calls for 203 houses on lots ranging from 5,500 square feet to 1 acre. In recommending the proposal, the Planning Commission cited a compatibility with the surrounding suburbs and plans that one-quarter of the development would be left open.

The request goes to a zoning hearing master Dec. 18. The County Commission is scheduled to hear the case Jan. 23. PETITION 06-1687

Palm River: A 9-acre rectangle south of Delaney Creek and northwest of 66th Street and 32nd Avenue S could become the site of 35 new homes. Property owner Hector Torres is seeking a rezoning from agricultural to planned development. The homes would encircle a recreation center and retention pond.

The County Commission has granted a request by Global Group Development, the consulting firm representing Torres, to delay the zoning hearing until Jan. 16. The delay will give the company more time to refine cost estimates and to research the compatibility of existing water and sewer connections in the area. PETITION 06-1146

Seffner: Property owners Kenneth and Peggy Barber hope the county will rezone 6 acres southwest of Williams Road and Interstate 4 from agricultural to planned development.

A&A Complete Paving and Maintenance plans to build a contracting office at the site and two professional office buildings accessible by Williams Road.

The Planning Commission has called the proposal inconsistent with the county's comprehensive plan based on incomplete information. Consultants at Boggs and Butcher Engineering have until Dec. 18 to supply a site plan, when the request goes to a zoning hearing master. County commissioners will hear the case Jan. 23. PETITION 06-1115

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