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Land use, zoning changes top Council agenda Monday

By Staff | Aug 3, 2017

City Council is expected to vote in six public hearings at Monday’s regular meeting to deal with applications for land use and zoning changes and the vacation of alleys and underlying easements at two city locations to pave the way for development.

Owners of A-1 Shelters is seeking final approval of its non-residential Planned Development Project (PDP) with a zoning change to construct a neighborhood storage facility on a 4.6-acre parcel located at 4414-4530 Chiquita Boulevard and 4419-4431 SW 16th Place. The rezoning request seeks a special exception use with deviations for five buildings encompassing more than 78,000 spare feet.

The project plans to have its main entrance from Chiquita and will use landscaping along all property lines. There are limits on lighting and the deviation from non-residential design standards is for interior walls not visible to the public. An eight-foot wall element with larger trees is planned along the west property line.

A 7.6-acre site at 2935 Del Prado Boulevard that formerly served as a church since the 1960s and now owned by Fifth Third Bank through foreclosure in 2015 is under consideration for a land use amendment change from public facilities to a commercial/professional designation. City staff finds the property consistent with strategies to expand available commercial land in the city.

Both staff and the Planning & Zoning board recommend approval.

An ordinance amendment to the land use regulations seeks to provide more flexibility to the commercial activity center designation and remove the PDP requirement for commercial development potential.

A zoning change is requested for a 10,000 square-foot parcel at 401 SW 7th Place from residential to commercial zoning. It carries no specific plans for future development, but the rezone would increase the value of the property.

The owners of vacant commercially zoned property on Chiquita Boulevard at Veterans Parkway is seeking vacation of a platted alley right-of-way and underlying easements of more than 10,300 square feet, another 355,000 square feet plus 34,800 square feet of public utility and drainage easements in an effort to consolidate several parcels into one large parcel.

The vacation provides and more uniform site for greater flexibility in future development. It also enlarges the overall parcel by 10,400 square feet and eliminate city maintenance obligations.

The city will retain a 20-foot wide drainage easement as well as underlying drainage easements. LCEC also requires a six-foot public utility easement around the perimeter.

The city itself is requesting similar vacation actions at a site south of the intersection of Burnt Store Road and Yucatan Parkway that is destined to become Fire Station 11. The request is for 20,000 square feet of alley right-of-way and underlying easements and 5,900 square feet of platted easements. The city owns four parcels abutting the alley and one single-family home.

Staff deemed the vacations consistent with public interest and the city will provide a new easement along the western property lines.

Monday’s meeting starts at 4:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall.