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ZONING

RIVERVIEW: Property owners tried for nine months to rezone 2 acres on Bloomingdale Avenue for offices but ran into opposition from the county staff, a zoning hearing master and the Planning Commission.

Now Dawn and Albert Carapella will try their luck before the County Commission.

A previous owner of the property at 10760 Bloomingdale Ave. applied in 2005 for multifamily rezoning as part of a 14-acre tract but withdrew that request.

The Carapellas are seeking a change from residential zoning to office retail.

The Planning Commission in 2006 called the proposal incompatible with surrounding development, which is mostly residential.

County staff members have since testified before a zoning hearing master that wetlands form a natural barrier separating commercial and office uses to the east and residences to the west.

The Carapellas' request would set a precedent of grouping offices with homes and dump traffic onto an already overloaded Bloomingdale Avenue, analysts from the county's Planning and Growth Management Department found.

A zoning hearing master in January agreed, ruling that offices would disrupt the zoning pattern along the north side of Bloomingdale Avenue.

The request goes to the County Commission on Aug. 7. Petition 06-1386

Andrew Meacham can be reached at 661-2431 or ameacham@sptimes.com.

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