A Hillsborough County zoning hearing officer is scheduled to listen to more testimony on Dec. 13, regarding a request to allow a 7-Eleven, gasoline pumps and car wash on U.S. 41, north of Sunset Lane.
The Hillsborough County Commission voted 4-3 to send the request back for further review.
Commissioners favoring the remand are interested in hearing additional information from the county’s environmental staff regarding whether the planned septic system at the development would be capable of handling the discharge from a carwash.
Commissioners raising those questions noted that the area has lakes, private wells and sensitive wetlands.
Commissioner Mariella Smith also noted that the remand hearing should be open for testimony exploring other issues, too, such as light pollution and compatibility.
The request, by RKM and 7-Eleven, has drawn both support and opposition. A hearing had been set for Nov. 15, but county staff called for the delay until December.
The zoning request will be considered on Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. In-person and remote hybrid Zoning Hearing Master meetings take place at Robert W. Saunders Sr. Public Library, in the Ada T. Payne Community Room, at 1505 N. Nebraska Ave., in downtown Tampa.
Revised Nov. 12, 2021
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