A proposed rezoning that would allow a gas station and car wash on the east side of U.S. 41, about 900 feet north of Sunset Lane, is drawing stiff opposition from Lutz residents.
The hearing, initially set in December subsequently was rescheduled. Now, a hearing date is planned for June 14 at 6 p.m. It will be held at the Robert W. Saunders Sr. Public Library, 1505 N. Nebraska Ave., in Tampa.
The applicant 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.
The request has attracted opposition, with opponents voicing objections in emails, which are included in the application’s case file.
The request also was discussed during a community meeting held on June 2 at the Lutz Train Depot.
Opponents claim that the request is contrary to the Lutz Community Plan.
They 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, negative impacts on property values, noise and possible negative impacts to 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.
While opponents are calling for denial of the request, planners from 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.
After the zoning hearing master considers the request, the hearing master’s recommendation will go to the Hillsborough County Commission, which has final jurisdiction over land use and zoning issues.
Published June 09, 2021