CITIZENS ASK PINELLASCOUNTY TO ACQUIRE 5-ACRE GREENSPACE IN PALM HARBOR FOR A PASSIVE PARK

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The developer of the self-storage building WITHDREW their request to re-zone the property due to our community’s overwhelming outrage.

HOWEVER, we still want to ask the County to purchase the 5 acres of natural land for a passive park. Please attend the meeting on Tuesday, August 21st, so we can make a persuasive request while we still have their full attention.

We will be speaking under the “Citizens to be Heard” section of the Commission meeting. Please be there by 2:30 pm.  The Commissioners have received over 300 letters, 866 signed petitions and nearly 1800 online petitions supporting this effort.

If we do nothing, the land could be developed by someone else. The community wants this greenspace. Let’s make it happen. Thank you.

===============The following was the previous situation=============

On July 12, 2018, the Local Planning Agency UNANIMOUSLY denied the request from Bayou Development Inc. who wants to build a 3-story 40-foot high 121,920 S.F. Self Storage on 5-acres of land between the Sutherland Bayou Boat Ramp and Missouri Avenue.  Over 2,674 people signed petitions (online and hardcopy), wrote emails and/or attended meetings to express their opposition to this change in zoning from Residential, which allows up to 25 homes on the parcel, to Light Manufacturing and Industrial, to allow for the building of a large Storage Facility.

HOWEVER, the final decision will be made by the Board of County Commissioners on August 21st, 2018 (at the Assembly Room, 315 Court Street, 5th floor, Clearwater).  At this meeting, the community will ask the County to purchase the land for a passive park.

The proposed gigantic building would forever change the small town community feel of Old Palm Harbor, Crystal Beach and Ozona.  There are no other 3-story Industrial Building along the PinellasTrail from Dunedin to Tarpon Springs. If this is passed and built, it will set a precedent for all types of industrial properties to be built on residential properties in the future.

Only residents within 600 feet received a mailed, written notification of these proposed changes. (The County did post it in the paper and does have small signage on the parcel.)  We believe that the larger community should be made aware of this pending change since it could have a detrimental impact on our community.  We would like to see the County purchase the property and turn it into a passive park.

The community is encouraged to attend this final meeting.  The community is still encouraged to email letters and comments to ZONING@PINELLASCOUNTY.ORG or fax letters to 727-453-3256 by August 7, 2018.  You must Reference: Case No Z/LU-12-06-18   Contact the Planning office at 727-464-3583, if you have any questions.  #nostoragebuilding



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