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Commissioners to hear two rezoning cases Tuesday


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BROOKSVILLE - County commissioners have a twin set of rezoning requests to consider at their Tuesday meeting.

The first petition is from Jeff Conway, who is requesting a rezoning that would allow him to renovate a 2,438-square-foot home at the southwest corner of Spring Hill Drive and Coronado Drive and turn it into a real estate office.

If approved, Conway plans to have a staff of four to six employees.

He also is seeking the rezoning of a vacant parcel west of the site.

Planning and zoning commissioners last month voted 5-0 to recommend to the county commission approval of the rezoning with stipulations.

For example, the planning staff said architecture of the office must be residential in nature in order to maintain the character of the surrounding area. Also, on-site lighting must be of the cut-off type and be positioned to avoid any of it shinning into nearby homes.

The second petition involves a request from Michael and Donna Birren to bring their existing seafood business into zoning compliance.

The Birrens want to keep using the 1.2 acres at Calienta Street and Petit Lane for their operation, which includes the storage of crab traps. They told county staffers they also plan someday to open a seafood packaging facility.

The county engineer has reviewed the request and said the zoning district now allows marinas and boat storage-related facilities.

Given that the county boat dock is on the west side of Calienta Street, there are concerns regarding potential cross traffic from the Birren site, according to a staff report.

Planning and zoning commissioners have recommended approval.

The county commission meeting will begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N. Main St. in downtown Brooksville.

To view the entire agenda, visit http://hernandocountyfl and scroll to the April 8 meeting.

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