LITHIA — A rezoning request scheduled to go to a hearing master in December would allow the developers of Channing Park to add 146 more houses to the subdivision bordering FishHawk Ranch.
The project is near the intersection of Boyette and Dorman roads.
The approved Planned Development for Channing Park allows for 443 units, said Hillsborough County Planner Michelle Heinrich. “They can be single family or town homes,” she said.
Residents living within 300 feet of the development and homeowners associations within a mile of it should get official notification by Nov. 15, Heinrich said. The zoning hearing is set for Dec. 16.
“I don’t know of any significant issues at this time,” she said.
The property is currently zoned for one unit per acre. The requested rezoning would allow two units per acre, but because it falls under a planned development, the houses would be clustered to allow for more open space and to avoid what planners consider urban sprawl, said Clayton Bricklemyer, the attorney representing the applicant.
The property sits just inside the county’s urban service area, which is the area the county targets for growth. The area of the county outside of the urban service area is called the rural service area and is reserved for agricultural uses like farming and ranching, preservation of environmentally sensitive lands and for large homesteads.
Taylor Morrison built the original homes in Channing Park and the same builder will construct homes in the additional acreage, Bricklemyer said. He said he is not aware of any wetland impacts or other environmental issues on the property.
“It’s almost completely dry except for a wet area near Boyette and we are going to fully comply with the wetlands rules,” Bricklemyer said.
He said the trail system in Channing Park would be extended with the addition of this 73 acres, if the rezoning is approved. The County Commission will have the final say at a hearing scheduled for Feb. 11, 2014.