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220-unit townhouse development in Westchase recommended for approval

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WESTCHASE - A zoning hearing officer has recommended the Hillsborough County Commission approve a 220-unit townhouse development on 85 acres off Sheldon Road at Meadowview Circle.

The 14-page recommendation issued this week, which includes a synopsis of comments made at the June 24 meeting before land-use hearing officer James Scarola, states, "Overall, the development proposal will result in development that is compatible with the surrounding development pattern."

The county commission is scheduled to consider the zoning change - from AS-1, agricultural, single-family homes, to planned development - at its Aug. 13 meeting.

The townhouses will be built in the northwest corner of the site, adjacent to Lake Chase Condominiums. Access to Sheldon Road will be on the site's east side.

Though existing wetlands and two man-made lakes totaling 35 acres consume about 45 percent of the acreage, the resulting density is acceptable under the county's exception for developments that will not cause adverse environmental impacts, the recommendation states.

The lakes will provide a buffer between the townhouses and existing single-family homes to the south, the report states.

Also, with school board approval, the development will provide pedestrian access to Davidsen Middle School.

The site is not within a significant wildlife habitat, and the Environmental Protection Commission offered no objections to its development.

The community's proposed clubhouse meets the recreational requirements of the county's land-use policy, the hearing master determined. The property is owned by Thomas Holdings, a limited liability corporation, which has contracted with the zoning applicant, M/I Homes of Tampa, to construct the townhouses. gwilkens@tampatrib.com

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