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Published on: September 5, 2019

Now is the time to voice your opinion about lack of construction infrastructure

By LOIS KINDLE

There’s still time to voice your thoughts on continued development in South Shore. At the Hillsborough County Commission’s land use meeting on Aug. 13, one-of-two proposed developments of about 1,000 homes was denied, and the other was remanded to the zoning master.

The commission denied project 19-0436, which requested rezoning for 899 homes in the Balm area. The remanded project is requesting rezoning for Indian Ranch, a tract of more than 528 acres along County Road 579, east of West Lake Drive in Wimauma. This is for 1,056 homes.

At this meeting the zoning master will also hear arguments in opposition or support for the rezoning of another 1,600 homes on 800 acres off Balm Road near Balm Riverview Road in Balm and 387 homes on 194 acres west of C.R. 579, bounded on the east by the railroad corridor in Wimauma.

These three developments are projected to add more 30,000 additional trips per day on area roads.

To become a party of record for the approval or denial of these requests, you must attend the rezoning hearing at 6 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Hillsborough County Center, 601 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Or you can email Michelle Heinrich, of the Hillsborough County Development Services Department, at heinrichm@hillsboroughcounty.org or Maricela Medrano at medranom@hillsboroughcounty.org by 5 p.m. Sept. 12. The email must include your name and rezoning Nos. 18-1048, 19-0816 and 19-0935.

The zoning hearing master will then make his recommendations to the county commission, which will meet at 9 a.m. on Nov. 12.

If you haven’t already done so, you can generally voice your opposition or approval for continued development by contacting all of the county commissioners at https://bit.ly/2GO73Iq. Simply provide the requested information and state your concerns, and your message will go to each one of them.

You can also call any of the commissioners directly.

District 1 – Sandy Murman, 813-272-5470

District 2 – Ken Hagan, 813-272-5452

District 3 – Les Miller, 813-272-5720

District 4 – Stacey White, 813-272-5740

District 5, at large – Mariella Smith, 813-272-5725

District 6, at large – Pat Kemp, 813-272-5730

District 7, at large – Kimberly Overman, 813-272-5725

It’s important to know that commissioners cannot discuss specific rezoning requests, so all comments must be general in nature for them to even be considered. You cannot discuss any development coming before the commission at a land use hearing.

Another 12,000 homes are currently under construction in the South Shore area: Sereno, Valencia Del Sol, Vista Palms, Cypress Mill and Southshore Bay developments and more.

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