A rezoning request that would clear the way for a gas station, car wash and convenience store in Lutz is set for a public hearing next week.
The request — which has been scheduled and rescheduled — now is expected to be heard at 6 p.m. on Aug. 16, in the Robert W. Saunders Sr. Public Library, 1505 N. Nebraska Ave., in Tampa.
The applicant, RKM Development Corp., is seeking to rezone the 2.6-acre parcel at 18601 U.S. 41, to allow a 4,650-square-foot convenience store and 16 gas pumps, as well as a car wash.
The parcel is adjacent to an existing Walgreens store.
The land, owned by Lutz Realty and Investment LLC, currently is zoned for agricultural and single-family conventional use. The request calls for rezoning the site to become a planned development zoning.
Opponents have voiced objections, which are part of the application case file. They claim the request is contrary to the Lutz Community Plan.
Opponents also cite concerns about increasing traffic at the intersection of Sunset Lane and U.S. 41, which they said already poses dangers for motorists.
Concerns also were expressed about potential water contamination, noise, and negative impacts on property values and the environment.
Those objecting also say another gas station isn’t needed, and some said they won’t patronage the business, if it is built.
After the last hearing was delayed, representatives for the applicant held a community meeting on July 27, which was attended by both supporters and opponents to the request, according to Sam Calco, of the Lutz Citizens Coalition, who was present.
Planners for the Hillsborough County’s Planning Commission have found the request to be consistent with the county’s long-range plan.
“Overall, Planning Commission staff finds this proposed use and intensity to be compatible with the surrounding area,” according to a report by Planning Commission planner David Hey.
“The proposed development also fulfills the intent of the Lutz Community Plan,” Hey added to the report that’s included in the application case file.
Those interested in expressing support or opposition can weigh in at the rezoning hearing — either in person or virtually. Those participating virtually must sign up to do so by the county’s deadline. Check the county’s website for more information.
Once the zoning master makes a recommendation, the request will go to the Hillsborough County Commission, which has final jurisdiction over land use and zoning issues.
Published August 11, 2021